What is E-cycling?
E-cycle is the practice of reusing, donating or redistributing an electronic item until the end of its life cycle and then recycling the item when it is no longer usable.
E-cycling is generally practiced to reduce the amount of electronic components that are discarded when users purchase new components.
The Department of Environment and Energy lists e-cycle as a new term that refers to the process of collecting, distributing, brokering, repairing or reusing used electronic components without discarding them until the expiry of their life cycle. The e-cycling process allows people to reduce, reuse and recycle obsolete electronic items.
The used electronic items or equipment are called electronic waste (e-waste). Items that can be e-cycled include the following:
- Computer peripherals
- Mobile phones
In most cases, electronic items that are functional, such as computers and mobile phones, can be circulated to another person or organization. Other non-functioning electronic items can be repaired, resold and/or donated.
With technological advancements, new electronic devices replace existing ones, making older versions obsolete. Organizations have started investing in e-cycling facilities, due to technology’s increasing rate of obsolescence.
Discarding electronic devices is a serious threat to the environment because of the toxic substances involved in their components.
eBay has started an e-cycle initiative called eBay’s Rethink project to promote E-cycling. Organisations like Dell, IBM, Intel and Hewlett-Packard are also actively participating in the eBay’s Rethink project. (Techopedia)
How Alpacas Computers Help?
MobileMuster: We have teamed with one of Australia’s leading recycling companies of Mobile Phones and Accessories. Simply bring in your old mobile phones and their accessories and drop them into our handy recycling box, these units will be securely wiped (no personal data is retained) and all components of the phone and accessory will be recycled. To find out more about the amazing work MobileMuster does check out there website at www.mobilemuster.com.au.
Electronics and Televisions: We will soon be offering recycling on all electronic devices like Tablets, Computers, Laptops, Mac’s, GPS, Televisions, DVD Players, CD Players and so much more. Keep an eye on this page or our Facebook Page for more information when this becomes available.