Australians urged to recycle their e-waste to minimise impact on environment

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AUSTRALIANS are being urged to recycle their e-waste, with research showing nearly half of us are holding onto defective electronic devices.

It seems worry about losing personal data is one of the key reasons for keeping old smartphones and computers.

The research was conducted by TechCollect, a national e-waste recycling service.

When asked why they don’t recycle their e-waste, 52 per cent of respondents said they are worried they’ll lose personal data.

Carmel Dollisson, TechCollect’s chief executive officer, said Australians need to take an active role in recycling their old devices.

“The challenge is encouraging consumers to let go of old devices they are no longer using or which are actually broken beyond repair,” Ms Dollisson said.

“Although devices can hold sentimental value, the non-renewable resources in them can be used in manufacturing when recycled correctly.

“Our new research tells us the average Australian household has approximately 17 electronic devices in the home and yet only 23 per cent of us are always recycling them.

“With the consumption of electronic devices getting higher all the time, it’s crucial consumers look at e-waste recycling as the natural next step in the product lifecycle, especially when it no longer serves its purpose to them.”

TechCollect has produced a simple checklist for disposing of your unwanted e-waste easily:

1. Take a look around your house/office for old, unused electronics.
2. Wipe data, say goodbye, perform any farewell ceremonies.
3. Find out what TechCollect takes here.
4. Find your nearest TechCollect site here.
5. Drop off your unwanted e-waste for free.
6. Feel good that you did something positive for the planet.
7. Enjoy your new, de-cluttered life.