Did you know it’s Secondhand September? This month-long campaign, which first ran in 2019, encourages us to buy only pre-loved items for the whole 30 days. The aim is a simple one – to be kinder to the planet.

Secondhand September covers all manner of items, from your wardrobe to books, furnishings to refurbished tech. And that’s where we come in. If you’ve got outdated IT items sitting unused and taking up valuable space, get in touch and we can take it off your hands. What’s more, wherever possible, we try to give it a second life so it can be used by someone else.

Repair. Reuse. Recycle.

As technology improves, our old IT equipment soon becomes dated, so it won’t come as a surprise that e-waste has become the fastest growing waste stream in the world. And, according to one report, the UK is on course to become the biggest e-waste producer by 2024. Hardly something to brag about.

So let’s do something about it. Repair. Reuse. Recycle. After all your out of date IT might be just what someone else needs. And if we can’t repair it, we’ll recycle it.

Below are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t simply throw out any IT equipment – and that includes laptops, phones, tablets, printers and even cables.

Reduce Landfill

The last thing we want is your out-of-date IT equipment to end up in landfill. This is no way to dispose of your old tech. Recycling your unwanted IT equipment not only preserves landfill space, but it also provides other environmental benefits.

Electronic Devices Contain Toxic Chemicals

You’d be surprised at what you’ll find in your tech. Most electronic devices contain toxic chemicals which could have disastrous consequences for the environment – the likes of lead, cadmium and mercury. If these heavy metals leach into the soil and water supply, they could cause no end of health and environmental problems.

Recyclable Materials

By recycling our electronic devices, we are protecting the environment. Virtually all electronic devices contain recyclable materials, materials which can be used in the manufacture of new products. From metals such as gold, copper and aluminium, to the plastic and glass used in the device, they can all be removed and reused. In doing so, we are protecting the earth’s natural resources as we won’t need to mine materials from the earth.

Data Security

Another major benefit of recycling IT equipment using a company such as Asset Disposal, is that you can be sure your data won’t end up in the wrong hands. Which means you can sleep soundly knowing that you are GDPR compliant.

These are just a few reasons why you should recycle your unwanted IT equipment. And by using Asset Disposal, you can be sure that your equipment will be disposed of responsibly, your data will be secure and, subject to the number of items you have, the service may even be free.

For more information about our range of services, or to book a collection, click here.