When it comes to responsible electronics recycling, tenants must take care of the property and dispose of e-waste accordingly. When you have old computers, smartphones, CD players, and other electronics, it's important to reuse or recycle these appropriately. Due to the toxic materials and chemicals in electronics, destroying a computer can be more complicated than ever.
Landlords may be responsible for recycling electronics in certain circumstances. In these cases, they must dispose of these materials as responsibly as possible.
HOW TO GO ABOUT RESPONSIBLE ELECTRICS RECYCLING
The movement of e-waste recycling started due to the global dumping of electronics that nobody wanted. These materials do not biodegrade, and due to the chemicals and dangerous materials used to build these durable products, it can lead to even more problems for the soil or ocean.
DON'T PUT ELECTRONICS IN THE TRASH
Tenants and landlords must both commit to responsible recycling. You can't put old batteries, computers, smartphones, or other electronic products in the trash because they will go to a landfill where they will not biodegrade. Instead, they will leak toxins and become embedded in the soil.
BRING TO A DONATION CENTER INSTEAD
You can help others reuse electronics that you don't want by visiting local organizations, such as the World Computer Exchange. You can also donate to Goodwill and other third parties so that electronics can be refurbished. If you don't know what to do with a computer that doesn't turn on or a phone that's cracked, you can easily donate these to be refurbished.
CELL PHONE RECYCLING CENTERS
There are millions of cell phones not in use around the world, lying in landfills or at the bottom of the ocean. There are many organizations set up to help you recycle your old phone safely. For example, Capstone Wireless and Call2Recycle are two organizations available, and you may even get some money back for a newer phone.
WHEN TENANTS LEAVE BEHIND ELECTRONICS
It's frustrating when tenants don't clean up when they move out. Responsible electronics recycling then falls on the owner of the property. Landlords may have to take out the trash after a tenant moves out. The best way to handle electronics is to bring them to a recycling center or drop off at Best Buy if it can be refurbished. Many landlords charge for disposal and junk removal after a move-out, which can be helpful if multiple computers and large appliances are left behind.