SustainableQATAR’s 52 weekly challenges – that is one challenge per week for a whole year themed by month – are Qatar-specific and Qatar-relevant opportunities for all residents to take actions in personal life, work and within our communities.
So far this month’s challenges have talked about how to buy (Challenge #27) and use (Challenge #28) technology more sustainably. But, what about when we’re done with it? See this month’s blog to find out why this is important and read on for what to do about it.
Our computer or phone is getting slow. It’s time for a new one. Let’s think about this. Electronics contain hazardous materials, which can adversely affect the environment when not properly handled. Today’s tech becomes tomorrow’s electronic waste (eWaste), risking our health and that of the planet.
Fun Fact: One ton of printed circuit boards (as shown in this challenge’s image) has a higher concentration of precious metals than one ton of mined ore.
Instead of throwing outdated devices away, try the following:
eWaste collection opportunities have been gaining traction in Qatar. An eWaste event sponsored by Qatar Foundation in Education City last April was so successful – collecting around 4.5 tons of eWaste – that it will become an annual drive. Look for it in the first quarter of 2020.
This challenge supports Sustainable Development Goals 3: Good Health and Well-being, 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, and 13: Climate Action.
You, too, can help the environment, one old device at a time.
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