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Why Donating Technology Doesn’t Work

Every year, over 300 million computers and 1 billion mobile phones are produced, and when the owners of existing technology upgrade to a new or latest model, their older model whether that it is a television, a PC or a mobile becomes suddenly redundant, leaving the owner wondering what to do with it.

For many years, we’ve been encouraged to donate our old and unwanted technology items to poor and underdeveloped countries who didn’t have their own means of obtaining tech of this level.

Whilst this might have seemed charitable in theory, it actually left the countries and communities receiving the technology with a problem: most of the goods donated were heading towards the end of their usefulness and would therefore die off soon. The new recipient then had the problem of what to do with the item and how to dispose of it. As a result, many of these underdeveloped areas are now at the forefront of electronics recycling Chula Vista.

The problem with electronic waste is that it often contains a variety of toxic materials which can cause great harm to the environment; hence the need for electronics recycling San Diego.

Whilst there is little doubt that the recipients of the goods might have been extremely grateful for the donations at the time, they were actually given a gift which was little good to them. Not only was the item likely to be unusable within a certain amount of time but they would then need to safely and responsibly dispose of the item, using a measure such as recycle televisions San Diego.

However, it has to be said that these nations, in particular India and China have not only accomplished the task with aplomb but have also showed the rest of the world how to do it. By opening recycling centers dedicated to e-waste, they have paved the way for the very nations who donated the goods to them in the first place to do the same.