Why should we recycle e-waste?

Why should we recycle e-waste?

Posted by Briony Lawless on 10th May 2019

How many of us update our already-pretty-new iPhone's for the newest, shiniest model? Or upgraded that laptop we got three years ago because it's started to slow down? Or inherited an iPad from a friend who didn't use it much, only to not use it much ourselves? We are all guilty of it. The ever-growing, ever-evolving nature of technology means new, exciting things are flooding the market every other day. And sometimes, we get a little carried away. But getting a little carried away, all the billions of us, can be catastrophic for the environment. 

Computers and other e-waste contain chemicals and materials, such as lead, mercury and arsenic, that are hazardous to the environment, and therefore to us! Most e-waste that isn't either re-used/sold or recycled ends up in landfills, and third-world countries. These chemicals, when not processed correctly, seep into water supplies. The water becomes polluted, and can poison the people and livestock that use these waterways. Not only this, but e-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in Australia. Recycling your old TV's is just as important as using a keep cup for your coffees!

If your electronics cannot be refurbished, we attempt to reuse even the smallest components of the e-waste to ensure as little as possible ends up in landfill, or worse. Refurbishing old electronics make them more affordable for those of us who aren't able to justify a new iPhone every year, and reduces the impact on landfill. 

At whybuyitnew, we understand. Our business exists because of e-waste that would otherwise further polluting the world! So you know when you shop with us, you're doing your bit for the world.