e-Waste

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is one of the biggest issues of our time.

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It is incredibly toxic to the environment - land, sea and air - if burnt or disposed of in landfill, but it can mostly be recycled. Despite this only around 15% of e-waste is recycled each year, with the rest being dumped or burnt. It is expected e-waste will grow 8% year on year and so far most “recycling” has ended up with tonnes of it being dumped in Ghana, China and other Eastern Asia countries. At Strange Labs, we aim to help reduce this as much as we can. Both Strange Labs, and the company we use if we cannot refurbish in store, follow the method displayed.

  1. Prevention. Firstly, you should look after your electronic gear! We know your laptop can take a battering and it’s hard to know how to clean the inside of a computer well! So you can bring it to us to clean, or fully refurbish. This means you extend the life of your PC and prevent it becoming waste.

  2. Prepare for Reuse. If you don’t want your PC any more, and it is in a good working condition, you can sell it to Strange Labs. We will destroy any personal data on there of yours, fully refurbish it and prepare the system for resale.

  3. Recycle. If the electronic equipment is broken or not worth any value today, you can bring it to Strange Labs for recycling for FREE. Unlike many other places, we will accept your old equipment for free and it doesn’t even matter if you haven’t bought anything from us! We will attempt to reuse what we can, and if it is not economical to refurbish or repair, we send it off to Eco Green IT.

  4. Recover other value. Unfortunately we do not have the correct equipment to harvest PCB components or extract rare elements in Strange Labs. We do reuse truly broken components for artwork however, and we can supply others looking to do the same.

  5. Disposal. This is the final unwanted option and we should do everything possible to avoid this. Sometimes we cannot do anything else with it and so it has to be land filled or burnt which is seriously damaging to the environment. Redundancy is a problem of an industry which makes very hard to recycle products and continually develops new ones with very sligh improvements. True solutions to this are very difficult requiring completely new inventions of materials, computing and economic systems.