It's time for a tech clear-out

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It's time for a tech clear-out

How to find out if your business can qualify for a free e-waste collection service as part of Waste Not, Want Not Day.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 is Waste Not, Want Not Day, and not-for-profit e-waste recycling service TechCollect wants businesses to mark the occasion by arranging for the collection of unwanted or unrepairable electronic devices.

“With Waste Not, Want Not Day approaching, we encourage all businesses and employees to mark 13 December in the calendar, get their old electronic devices out of the cupboard or company storerooms, and ensure they’re responsibly recycled,” said TechCollect CEO Carmel Dollisson.

“TechCollect ensures that at least 90 percent of the valuable resources in those devices are put back into the manufacturing process to be reused in new products, a far better outcome for the environment then creating new products from virgin materials.”

TechCollect is the only government approved, industry backed, not-for-profit e-waste recycling service under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Its free national e-waste recycling service is funded by vendors including Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, Fuji Xerox, HP and Toshiba.

Once you've collected your unwanted computers, peripherals and TVs, call 1300 229 837 to find out if you qualify for the free collection service – it will depend on your location and the quantity of e-waste you've assembled.

If not, the TechCollect website can point you to the nearest drop-off point. Other free services can be found via Planet Ark's RecyclingNearYou site.

“Whilst there are many businesses doing a good job at recycling other items such as cardboard and paper, there is much more work to be done in the corporate sector in electronic waste recycling,” said Dollisson.

“We need to create an environment in which responsibilities are more evenly shared, encouraging businesses to become active players in the management and recycling of the electronic waste they’re responsible for, which will also encourage their employees to do the same at home.

“With Christmas just around the corner, we encourage businesses to give the ultimate gift back to the environment. During this quiet time of the year, it would be great to see businesses spend a couple of hours rounding up all the e-waste in the office.”

Apart from any other considerations, Dollisson pointed out that “businesses who put sustainability at the top of their agenda report higher recruitment and staff retention rates, and an overall increase in employee engagement and productivity.”

But be sure to thoroughly erase any storage devices before they are recycled. This article provides instructions for Windows, OS X and Linux. But if the data is particularly sensitive, you might consider using a secure destruction service; companies operating in this market include Secure Document Destruction, Shred-it, Shred-X and Simms Recycling. (We haven't used and therefore do not necessarily recommend any of these services.)

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