How To Identify Scrap Electronics

Scrap electronic waste (e-waste) is a global epidemic. As awareness grows, governments have begun acknowledging the strain that e-waste is placing on our planet. As a result many governments have taken measures to curb the problem. We live in the age of digital dispensation, thus the amount of consumer electronic waste continues to grow.

Did you know that our homes hold a significant percentage of overall electronic devices that can be recycled or repurposed? Finding a solution to this ever growing problem starts with identifying what electronic waste is. Next by raising awareness on how it should be recycled and repurposed. Electronic waste or e-waste includes items that are deemed outdated or inoperable that use electricity to function such as computers, telephones, radios, TVs, washing machines, and other devices.

Common E-Waste in Our Homes

Avoid being quick to discard an electronic item just because it is not in use, outdated, or broken. Instead, research and discover different ways to repurpose or recycle some of the parts or the complete device. For example, a dead computer can be disassembled and its useable parts sold to reuse or repair another computer. Here are some of the most common e-waste items that can be found in your home.

Old Radios
In many cases, old radios have very old components that cannot cope with current power voltages, may have a short airwave range, or are simply to outdated to be used for entertainment purposes. However, they can be donated to be taken apart for parts or offered to other people in developing and undeveloped countries.

Computers are among the fastest evolving electronic gadgets in technology. They come in different forms and sizes and are able to handle numerous task. Some computers may be old but may still work, though not able to handle the latest computing demands.

For some reason, remotes tend to die and this may be because of their constant use. However, if your remote fails to work it still has components such as the casing, buttons, and sensor that can be reused in other devices helping them avoid becoming e-waste.

Alternative Home Electronics

As e-waste continues to rise it is important to understand that e-waste does not only include laptops and smartphones. Check your home for electronic devices that included appliances, lamps, portable air conditioners, game consoles, and more. Many parts of electronics are easily recycled or repurposed to make repairs to other electronics.

Washing Machines

Repurposing and recycling your major household appliances such as washing machines is a simple way to help curb e-waste in landfills. Turn your washing machine into a water hose holder, contemporary stool, or a rope organizer.

Outdated mobile phones
Older mobile phone may be outdated but many still work. In fact, some even have an advanced network connection that helps to keep the user connected, even in areas where some modern mobile phones cannot. In short, outdated mobile phones still work and can be donated to other people for use as opposed to selling them for parts or profit.

Analog TVs
The world is currently expanding its digital communication platform, and this has caused a turn away from many analog electronic devices. While much of what these televisions are made of may be viewed of little value, they have specific parts that are reusable and valuable. These parts help prevent e-waste and protect our planet’s resources.

Before calling it e-waste, ensure that the electronic item is non-functioning and unusable. For example, old mobile phones may not meet today’s on-the-go demands, but they still can easily handle the basic functions of a telephone (calling and texting). E-waste is found around your home and often includes identifying and repurposing items that function with the aid of electricity. Most of these items can be repurposed and reused. The list of electronics that can be reused or repurposed is long!