Time for a tech declutter

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Time for a tech declutter

So you cleared out all the unwanted and no longer required paper documents from your office last Friday as part of the Friday Fling. Now get ready to do the same with your tech trash.

Industry-funded national e-waste recycling service TechCollect wants 8 December to be observed as Waste Not, Want Not Day - the day when Australian businesses recycle their unwanted computers, computer accessories, printers and TVs.

The idea is that the lead up to Christmas is the perfect time for both employers and employees to clear the office of unwanted technology

Carmel Dollisson, CEO of TechCollect, said "We're encouraging businesses to make a pledge to support Waste Not, Want Not Day on December 8 2015 – to make a positive impact on the environment and the wider community by recycling their e-waste at their nearest TechCollect drop off site."

Suggestions include emailing all employees to inform them of the tech waste round-up on 8 December, mentioning that they can bring in acceptable e-waste from home.

According to the TechCollect site, the following items will be accepted:

  • Personal and laptop computers and all cables
  • Tablets, notebooks and palmtops
  • Computer monitors and parts (e.g. internal hard drives and CD drives)
  • Computer peripherals and accessories (e.g. mice, keyboards, web cameras, USBs and modems)
  • Printers, faxes, scanners and multi-functional devices
  • All televisions

Remember that it is good practice to thoroughly delete all data from devices before taking them for recycling, even though TechCollect will eventually break down the products to recycle the materials. This article may assist. If the device is not working, it's probably a good idea to destroy hard drives or other storage components before disposal to ensure sensitive data can't be recovered.

"Businesses are good at recycling paper, cardboard and toners among other items, but we need to build on this effort. Many businesses are unaware that their technology contains valuable resources, the majority of which can be recovered and put back into the manufacturing process," said Dollisson.

"When businesses throw out their old computers and televisions rather than taking them to a designated drop-off site for recycling, these non-renewable resources are essentially lost forever. We can all make a difference, it's a simple and easy decision to do the right thing."

It's a shame TechCollect isn't doing anything to make it easier for businesses to participate, such as providing a free, once-a-year collection service from registered businesses. As it is, you can find your nearest TechCollect drop-off point at www.techcollect.com.au. They include council-operated waste collection sites, commercial recycling operations, and certain retailers such as selected The Good Guys and Harvey Norman stores.

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