When an IT part breaks or is replaced, it’s easy to throw the part in the bin and think nothing more of it. However, this shouldn’t be the case. Not responsibly disposing of your IT parts could pose dangerous ramifications for you and the environment – read on to find out more.
Protecting Your Privacy
Used IT parts that are just ordinarily disposed of could lead to your personal data being breached. E-waste (electronic waste), when disposed of intact, can easily be stolen, polished up, and installed onto another computer.
Hackers will often go on the hunt for discarded computer parts that they can pilfer for traces of a past user’s information, which could include anything from social media passwords to bank information.
As an example, even if you think you’ve deleted all of the information fro your old hard drive, there may still be undetectable traces of data that only expert hackers will know how to pull up. And once you’ve disposed of it, you’ve no way of retrieving the hard drive to make sure.
Protecting The Environment
A potentially even bigger risk you’re undertaking when improperly disposing of IT parts, however, is the environmental damage you’re contributing to.
It’s estimated that by 2021 there will be more than 57 million tons of scrapped E-waste just sitting in landfill sites around the world. That’s an awful lot of wasted material that could otherwise be recycled into new parts, reducing the level of gases emitted through mining ore.
Not only this, but many IT parts are made from incredibly durable materials such as platinum, silver, gold, copper, palladium, and even cobalt. As an example of the impact of leaving IT parts in a landfill, we need only look at gold: Gold can last indefinitely, meaning it doesn’t decompose or rot. That means it will continue to pile up and contribute to the damage caused by landfills.
So Why Recycle?
Recycling your IT parts protects both yourself and the environment. Firstly, by trusting certified recyclers, you can be confident that your data will be wholly wiped to an irretrievable level. All data will be handled confidentially, legally, and ethically so there’s no risk of your personal information falling into the wrong hands.
And when it comes to protecting the environment, recycling IT waste ensures that it doesn’t go to a landfill, easing pressure on the waste storage sites that are already struggling to cope with the demand. Instead, the computer parts can be melted down and remade into something similar or completely different, reducing the need to create new products from scratch.
Here at User One, we use certified WEEE recyclers to dispose of any IT waste safely and correctly. We also offer data destruction certificates so you can be certain that your information won’t fall into the wrong hands. Browse our website today to see more services we offer.
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