What to do with e-waste


Electronics have become easily available and widely distributed with short replacement cycles which have led to the growth of e-waste. People do not know or are unsure of how to dispose of this e-waste. As a result, millions of tonnes of e-waste either end up in the landfill where the toxic materials from the electronics could pollute our environment, poison our water or soil, and harm people and wildlife; or get shipped to developing countries that do not have the capacity to safely, ethically and responsibly recycle the electronics.

What can you do?

Be aware: consumer awareness is very important. Ask yourself do you need it? Can my old electronic be given to someone else? Where will my electronic end up when it is no longer working? Remember never throw e-waste in the trash.

Reduce: can you update or fix your electronic rather than buying a new one?

Re-use: if the electronic is still in good working condition, give it to a friend or family member, or consider donating the item.

Recycle: if you cannot fix or donate your electronic, then recycle it with a certified e-waste recycler. Certified e-waste recyclers will ensure your electronics are safely, ethically and responsibly recycled.

Look for recyclers that are certified ‘e-stewards’ under the Basel Action Network (BAN) or authorized e-waste stewards under the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA)

Certified e-waste recyclers include:

By bringing your e-waste to authorized e-waste steward drop-off locations, you are helping to:

  • Keep electronics out of the landfills
  • Prevent e-waste from being illegally exported
  • Recover and recycle resources that can be processed into new products

Remember to remove all sensitive and personal information from your electronic devices prior to recycling or donating.