Take good care of the electronic items so they last as long as possible. Before purchasing a new computer system, for example, check into upgrading individual components. It is easy to find that what is needed is one or two components replaced, saving money and helping the environment at the same time. Proper maintenance of products to extend their life spans helps to reduce material consumption, reducing the number of products in the waste stream. Consider the purchase of refurbished products when possible. Refurbished products usually carry the same manufacturer’s warranty as new items.Working consumer electronics may be donated to a charity or thrift store so that they can be reused by others. Nonfunctional electronic products such as computer monitors and televisions should be recycled instead of thrown away. Many, if not all products, are packaged with recyclable materials. Cardboard, polystyrene and plastic packing can all be recycled.
Recycling involves the collection of used and discarded materials processing these materials and making them into new products. It reduces the amount of waste that is thrown into the community dustbins thereby making the environment cleaner and the air more fresh to breathe. Surveys carried out by Government and non-government agencies in the country have all recognized the importance of recycling wastes. However, the methodology for safe recycling of waste has not been standardized. Studies have revealed that 7 %-15% of the waste is recycled. If recycling is done in a proper manner, it will solve the problems of waste or garbage. At the community level, a large number of NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations) and private sector enterprises have taken an initiative in segregation and recycling of waste (EXNORA International in Chennai recycles a large part of the waste that is collected). It is being used for composting, making pellets to be used in gasifiers, etc. Plastics are sold to the factories that reuse them.
Recycling raw materials from end-of-life electronics is the most effective solution to the growing e-waste problem. Most electronic devices contain a variety of materials, including metals that can be recovered for future uses. By dismantling and providing reuse possibilities, intact natural resources are conserved and air and water pollution caused by hazardous disposal is avoided. Additionally, recycling reduces the amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by the manufacturing of new products. It simply makes good sense and is efficient to recycle and to do our part to keep the environment green. That materials should be managed with caution, but that environmental dangers of unused electronics have been exaggerated by groups which benefit from increased regulation.