How Can Your Small Business Reduce E-Waste?



The UN released a report this week that called for urgent action to tackle the amount of e-waste building up in developing nations. Countries such as China, India and many African nations are currently suffering a deluge of old computers and electronic equipment.

This problem is only going to get worse in years to come. India in particular is expected to see a 500% rise in the amount of e-waste by 2020. Developing nations are often happy to accept the waste in order to extract raw materials, but the UN believes that some countries are unable to handle the extraction process safely and efficiently. This can lead to environmental damage or serious health hazards for the local population.

In order to tackle this problem, it will require a change of thinking. We are all going to have to re-evaluate the decisions we make to purchase new electronic items. If you or your business upgrade your technology every six months because you consider it to be obsolete, try to consider the consequences of what you are doing.

If you do need to purchase a new mobile phone or computer, consider donating your old one to organisations that will be able to make use of it. If it no longer works, find a way to recycle it. Many companies will pay for your old phones if they are still worth something, or dispose of it for free in an environmentally friendly way.

At WinWeb, we do our part by reducing the need for you to upgrade your computer as our software is browser based. As long as you can still run a web browser on your PC or Mac then you will be able to use our software. Find out more about our Climatebyte technology here.

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