In today’s business environment, having the latest equipment is key to staying competitive. Failing to implement updated technology can put your organisation at risk of being surpassed by competitors. But if you’re constantly turning over tech, safe and ethical e-waste recycling is paramount.
What Is E-Waste Recycling?
e-Waste recycling is the process of handling electronic devices once they have reached the end of their ‘useful’ life. Depending on the size of your business and the industry you work in, you may find yourself with vast amounts of obsolete equipment.
Computers slow down, technology advances, monitors need upgrading, and photocopiers get phased out for newer models. Even compact items like USBs and phones can take up valuable storage space. Most of these items can be diverted from landfill through electronic waste recycling.
What e-waste can be recycled?
Shred-X can dismantle and recycle a range of electronic devices. To help you understand how versatile our e-waste recycling services are, these are just some of the items we can safely and securely recycle:
- Hard drives
- Backup magnetic tapes
- Mobile phones
- USB sticks
- CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray and HD DVDs
- Printers, Faxes, Scanners and multi-functional devices
- Floppy disks
- Laptops and computers
- Computer peripheral devices
- Digital media
- Tablets, notebooks and palmtops
Benefits of E-Waste Recycling
Storing your old electrical equipment poses more of a risk than you might expect. A simple data leak can not only compromise your business operations, but breach data protection laws (like the GDPR) fining your business. In extreme cases, this can cost millions – enough to bankrupt.
E-Waste recycling can help mitigate these risks. Instead of keeping your devices in storage, Shred-X can provide a complete data destruction service and ethically and safely recycle the assets.
Our Electronic Waste Recycling Services
Computers and laptops tend to be the most popular items recycled. After all, they not only pose a risk for the data stored, but the batteries in laptops can leak dangerous chemicals into the environment.
In addition to recycling PCs and laptops, Shred-X also provides the following e-waste disposal and end-of-life IT asset management services:
What happens after e-waste is collected?
You can trust the Shred-X team to appropriately handle any items you no longer need. After collecting your equipment in an alarmed, locked and GPS-tracked vehicle, our federal-police cleared personnel will securely dismantle the e-waste. This process occurs under strict security conditions and 24-hour HDCCTV surveillance. Shred-X will ensure any data is destroyed.
Once the destruction process is complete, we will recycle the separate components. Our recycling processes are undertaken in the most ethical and environmentally responsible manner, to suit even the most stringent sustainability targets set by your business.
Modernising your organisation will unavoidably result in significant e-waste. Shred-X can help you manage this issue in a convenient and environmentally sustainable way.
Our E-Waste Recycling Drop-Off Locations
To find your local Shred-X e-waste recycling facilities, contact our team today.
E-Waste Recycling FAQs
How do I dispose of e-Waste?
When disposing of electronic assets such as old phones, laptops and IT devices, it may seem a convenient solution to simply discard them along with your regular waste. However, disposing of e-Waste in kerbside general or recycling containers, is not a solution which safeguards the confidential information contained on the device, nor is it environmentally sustainable.
Should these devices be recovered and data restored, your business will be at risk of breaching Australian and international privacy and data security laws (such as the Australian Privacy Act and the GDPR).
Furthermore, the physical disposal of any e-Waste should be done in an environmentally sustainable manner. Electronic items which are discarded in general waste, end up in landfill where they leak harmful toxins and chemicals into the soil and water, with devastating effects on local communities and wildlife.
Only secure services such as Shred-X’s e-Waste destruction and recycling solutions will both control and destroy your data, and ensure recyclable components do not end up in landfill. To find out more about our e-waste recycling service, chat to a friendly member of our team.
Where can I safely dispose of e-Waste?
To find your local Shred-X e-Waste destruction and recycling facility, contact us online or phone 1300 747 339 to discuss your e-Waste disposal needs.
What can e-waste be recycled into?
Shred-X partner with professional e-Waste recyclers which recycle e-Waste components and materials into useful commodities and new product parts. For example, many electronic devices contain trace amounts of precious metals such as lead, copper, aluminium, gold, and titanium. As these elements are becoming increasingly scarce, isolating and removing them from old electronics is a sustainable way to support the construction of new devices. Even the plastic and glass in IT devices can be reused in this way.
Read more about what devices can be repurposed.
What percentage of e-Waste can be recycled?
Almost 100% of electronic devices can be recycled if done so through the correct channels. Nearly every electronic device or appliance your business uses contains materials that can be recycled into new product components.
The more concerning percentage is how little e-Waste actually gets recycled. The UN estimates that only 12.5% of the 20-50 million tonnes of electronic waste worldwide is recycled, with the rest ending up in landfill or cluttering up our homes and offices.
How does electronic shredding work?
Electronic shredding is like paper shredding – an industrial shredder will shred computer hard drives phones and other devices into small pieces. The plastic and glass components are separated and repurposed in other products, and the metals are recovered and recycled.
Find out more about Shred-X’s e-Waste shredding services.