Avoiding wasteis always the first thing to consider: –
Do you really need new equipment? Is it possible to upgrade your old?
Have you considered leasing computer equipment? Leasing removes the need for up-front capital investment and the need to allow for depreciation. When your equipment needs to be replaced, the leasing company then has the issue of handling the old equipment. Much of this equipment will be suitable for reuse. Remember to check that the company will remove your data and recycle or remarket in a responsible manner.
Reducing the amount of new equipment that you buy reduces purchase, handling, storage, and disposal costs, and reduces the natural resources and energy needed to produce new equipment.
When buying new:
- buy better quality equipment to reduce the lifetime costs of purchases
- choose equipment that can be upgraded at a later stage
- buy from manufacturers/suppliers who are willing to pay for responsible reuse and/or recycling options.
Can you upgrade your existing equipment? This will save money: you may be able to upgrade your computer by replacing a single component, e.g. additional memory or a larger hard drive.
Unwanted electronic equipment can be properly disassembled and recycled; this reduces the amount of natural resources needed to manufacture new products and prevents hazardous substances from entering the environment. One hundred per cent of the material in computer equipment (by weight) is potentially recyclable or reusable. Materials such as steel, aluminium, copper, glass and some plastics can be recycled.