diverting E-Waste from landfill
e-Waste recycling is the responsible processing of electronic devices such as computers, tablets, hard drives, mobile phones and printers – once they have reached the end of their ‘useful’ life.
It is important to employ a secure disposal solution for redundant and unused equipment, as storage of data-holding electronic items can place your business at risk of a data leak. The Shred-X range of e-Waste and IT asset destruction solutions are designed primarily to protect your confidential information. However, one of the value-added benefits of partnering with Shred-X is the positive impact on the environment through our e-Waste recycling initiatives. Once all data on your assets has been securely and certifiably removed, we work with Australian recyclers to divert e-Waste from landfill.
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.
Benefits of Recycling
Shred-X is committed to landfill diversion wherever and whenever possible, with our e-Waste recycling scheme being designed specifically for sustainability. We partner with professional, Australian recyclers to recycle e-Waste components and materials into useful commodities and new product parts. 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.
IT assets which are not responsibly recycled not only pose a risk for the data stored, but can leak dangerous and toxic chemicals into the environment with devastating effects on local communities and wildlife.
e-Waste Recycling Related Solutions
*Shred-X does not dispose of appliances or white goods like power tools, washing machines or vacuum cleaners.
Electronics Recycling Australia-Wide
At Shred-X, we are proud to deliver secure e-waste recycling solutions to every state and territory in Australia. We operate in:
Brisbane and South East Queensland
Townsville and North Queensland
Sydney and New South Wales
Melbourne and Victoria
Perth and Western Australia
Canberra and the ACT
Adelaide and South Australia
Darwin and the Northern Territory
Hobart and Tasmania
E-Waste Recycling FAQs
How does e-waste affect the environment?
Computers and electronic devices are composed of materials such as mercury, nickel, lead and zinc which, if improperly disposed of (in landfill) release toxins into the air, into the soil, and local waterways. This has serious effects (including neurological, digestive and respiratory problems) on human health and wildlife.
Where can I safely dispose of e-Waste?
How do I recycle e-Waste?
Electronic assets and IT devices disposed of in general or kerbside recycling containers will not be recycled and will most likely end up in landfill. e-Waste recycling centres are gradually becoming more prevalent throughout Australia. However, it is important to note that not all e-Waste recyclers offer a secure destruction service, i.e. 100% removal of all personal identifiable information contained on the device before the asset is recycled. Be sure to check with your recycling service provider whether secure removal of confidential data is a service they guarantee. If data stored on your old device is found, your business will be at risk of breaching data privacy laws. The fastest, safest and easiest solution to recycling e-Waste is to employ a fully accredited service, such as Shred-X. With our NAID AAA Certification you will not only be ‘doing your bit’ for the environment, but we will ensure all data stored on your electronic devices will be securely destroyed. Find out more about Shred-X’s e-Waste recycling services.
What can e-waste be recycled into?
Shred-X partners 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?
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 do I securely dispose of e-Waste?
When you upgrade your technology and are ready to securely and ethically dispose of your e-Waste, call your local Shred-X facility on 1300 747 339. We can arrange on-site or facility-based destruction, and then work with our recycling partners to recycle or repurpose your assets to meet both legal and environmental sustainability requirements. Get in touch with a friendly member of our team online to find out more about our collection services.