Smashing your old desktop computer into little pieces and placing it in the trash might have been a normal action in the past, but we now know the ramifications these kinds of actions have on our ecosystem and the impact it has on the future of our environment.
In today’s society people always want and need whatever they desire as quickly and efficiently as possible. I want what I want, and I want it now!
This attitude has created the desire for the human race to always have the newest technologies, regardless of the carbon footprint each individual leaves on our ecosystem. Smashing your old desktop computer into little pieces and placing it in the trash might have been a normal action in the past, but we now know the ramifications these kinds of actions have on our ecosystem and the impact it has on the future of our environment.
Technology moves faster than the speed of light, and by the time we have the newest gadgets, we are already in the process of wanting something bigger and better. As convenient as these technologies are, let's not forget that most of these gadgets contain harmful substances and should be properly recycled, refurbished, or reused.
When these substances spill, leak, or leach into the ground or water, the ecosystem is heavily affected. Once the chemicals are introduced to our landscape, the cycle of pollution is put into place. Through such common environmental occurrences as erosion and heavy rain, the pollutant chemicals end up in our oceans, streams, and lakes, and eventually in our drinking water.
How can you help?
Although it is unavoidable for electronic equipment to eventually become redundant, we have the responsibility to minimise the impact our e-waste has on the environment. Most types of e-waste contain many valuable resources that can be recovered and reused. Often much less energy is needed to recover these resources than to produce new materials.
91% of the life-cycle energy of IT equipment is tied up in the hardware itself. That is, in the production of the item. That means that only 19% of the life cycle energy is in its usage. So, whilst it is important to employ products that are efficient users of electricity, it is perhaps more important to extend the useful life of a product in the market before eventually disposing of it. We attempt to do that by finding an avenue for sale as working equipment or for parts before sending it to be recycled. What is important though, are the benefits to all of us of "going green." Not just for the obvious environmental pluses but also in terms of corporate responsibility and risk minimisation. It's not a good look to have one of your old assets wash up on Bondi Beach with your company name all over it and full of your customers data!
Multi R IT has agreements with Australia's leading accredited e-waste recyclers. We can offer your organisation the peace of mind that any obsolete or non working equipment is disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner, seamlessly integrated with our other services.