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Your business can benefit from recycling tech waste today

Business and technology go hand-in-hand, pushing forward through innovation. However, once your business’s tech products become obsolete, you’ll want to investigate the greenest ways to recycle them. Why? Recycling tech waste is an environmentally-friendly way to get involved and make your business stand out. Plus, it fosters employee engagement and improves business profits and branding.



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The use of technology grows more each day. Many tech products or end-of-life (EOL) devices have relatively short life-spans, which contributes to tech waste, or e-waste. Plus, since companies integrate various new products all the time, businesses have the platform to recycle. Technology can pile up in storage, so if you have the devices sitting around, you’ve already taken the first step. The next is understanding why recycling tech waste is essential. Read on to discover the benefits.

Environmental impact

First, it’s crucial to understand how recycling can reduce the negative impacts of tech waste and emissions. Tech products use valuable materials like gold and copper from mining. However, these elements are recyclable, so reusing them reduces mining and resource waste. With proper attention and handling, these consequences will no longer have the harmful effects they currently have. Additionally, mining will not disturb as much biodiversity. However, it does have other adverse impacts.

Also, with mining come greenhouse gases and other toxic materials. The process uses a great deal of energy and harmful emissions that recycling can reduce. Tech waste produces greenhouse gasses equivalent to hundreds of car emissions that you can help avoid. Plus, older tech products may have other toxic materials like lead or mercury inside. If these products end up in landfills or water sources, they can further contribute to pollution. Recycling tech products provide a healthier solution for the environment and people.

Employee engagement

Though the environmental issues are apparent, people are lining up to help. A greener life is something humans are growing more conscious of and adapting to every day. Many employees in the workplace want to get involved in greener practices, too.

Tech waste is the best place to start. Once workers understand the urgency of recycling this waste, it encourages productivity and engagement. When employees work together with something like reducing tech waste, it fosters a community of efficiency, something that then overflows into their daily work. In a tighter-knit community of environmental consciousness and productivity, workers can get more done with determination.

Bottom line

Any business’s bottom line is a driving factor in many decisions. Luckily, recycling tech waste can help with budget and profit. Depending on the location and which company you use, recycling can offer a cost-effective, or even free, alternative to the dumpster.

Further, selling tech parts can profit business, a win-win. The company takes a greener route and helps the environment while also making a profit. You’ll also want to check for local regulations, too. Many places in the U.S. mandate electronic recycling.


A smart tool for branding is to follow public interests and actions. Green is the way to go. Consumers, especially Millennials, tend to seek out brands or companies they trust. When they see a business reflecting their interests, they’re more likely to make a purchase or investment.

By recycling tech waste, your brand can highlight that commitment to the environment. Your branding can build a relationship with consumers or other businesses and encourage them to get involved. Your business’s brand can then bring about more profits. Tech waste recycling is a straightforward place to start.

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You should keep some other things to keep in mind before you begin recycling. First, make sure you clear all data on the products. Many people fear their information getting stolen, so it’s vital to take this proactive approach. Next, check for the most beneficial places to recycle. Ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth while helping the environment. Authorized electronic retailer locations are an excellent place to start.

With more recycling comes less tech production. With less tech production comes fewer greenhouse gas emissions and so on. This chain reaction starts small, and businesses that recycle tech waste make an impact in numerous ways. With a better involvement in tech waste recycling, you can improve your business, employee engagement, and relationship with the environment all in one go.

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Megan Ray Nichols is a freelance technical writer and the editor of Schooled By Science, a blog dedicated to discussing the latest scientific news and discoveries. She regularly contributes to IMPO Magazine, American Machinist and Cerasis. When she isn't writing, Megan enjoys going to the gym, watching MARVEL movies or curling up with a good book.