How to Recycle Old Network Phone Systems and Computers

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In today’s world, we all rely heavily on the latest technology to make life easier, from sending emails to shopping. Over time though, outdated network phone systems and computers can end up hurting your business in multiple ways, such as decreasing productivity, offering fewer features and increasing maintenance costs. 

In these cases, the best option is to upgrade — but what should you do with your old phones, computers and other electronic hardware? Don’t throw them away; recycle instead.

Why You Should Recycle Outdated Electronics

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 homes in a year.  Electronic waste (also called “e-waste”) also contains toxic substances, such as lead, mercury and cadmium. If not properly disposed of, these chemicals can leak into soil or water supplies and damage ecosystems. 

Recycling helps keep toxins out of landfills and reduces the amount of energy required to mine and manufacture new materials. In addition to the environmental benefits, proper disposal of old computers and network phone systems is an intelligent security move. Prevent cyber criminals from getting their hands on valuable data by opting to recycle electronics rather than tossing them in the dumpster for anyone to snag.

Steps for Recycling Network Phone Systems and Computers

While recycling network phone systems and computers may seem like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be. Here are four tips to help you recycle your old electronics safely and effectively:

1. Check local regulations

Before you begin, make sure you understand local regulations regarding e-waste disposal. For example, some states require hazardous materials to be disposed of properly. Others prohibit certain items from being recycled.

2. Research options available

Search online for recycling options and programs. Many cities provide curbside pickup for e-waste. Other places offer drop-offs for specific items or allow residents and businesses to bring their unwanted electronics to designated collection centers. 

An array of tech companies like HP, Best Buy and Samsung offer recycling programs. Additionally, there are electronic recyclers that provide services like data destruction, asset tracking, certificates of destruction for legal compliance and more. 

3. Be prepared for potential costs

While there are free e-waste recycling options, they may not be suitable for businesses that are recycling a lot of phones, computers or other hardware, or have to destroy sensitive data. Take into consideration both the potential recycling service fees, as well as the labor involved.  

4. Consider donating

Another way to save old electronics from landfills is by donating them to charities. Some organizations accept donations of all kinds of electronics, whereas others focus specifically on computers, smartphones, etc. However, it’s crucial to permanently remove all data from the device before donating it.  

Upgrade Your Business Communications

With technology becoming more ubiquitous, the number of devices used in homes and businesses continues to grow. As a result, the amount of equipment being discarded also rises. Not only is recycling your old network phone systems beneficial for the environment, it also allows your business the opportunity to upgrade its communications, enhancing growth and competitiveness. 

Schedule a consultation with Universal Connectivity to see how our business communications solutions enable companies to thrive in an increasingly connected world.

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