Tue. May 28th, 2024

As households replace older technology with new devices, there are important considerations for data privacy and proper tech disposal. When getting rid of a smart TV, it’s necessary to reset it to remove account credentials. This prevents unauthorized access to streaming services. Additionally, backing up any photos or videos saved on the device is recommended. The TV should then be manually signed out of all streaming service accounts and a factory reset performed. This ensures that personal accounts cannot be accessed by others after disposal.

Proper disposal of electronic waste, also known as e-waste, is crucial for environmental sustainability. Only 15% of e-waste in the US is currently recycled. Electronics contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic, which pose risks to soil, air, and groundwater if not disposed of properly. Even the plastic coating on cables can release harmful substances when incinerated. Finding responsible recycling options is important.

If the tech is still usable, it’s worth considering repurposing or donating it to friends, family, or charitable organizations. In the Phoenix metro area, Data Doctors accepts old technology for potential repurposing and recycling. They work with AZ StRUT, a non-profit focused on responsible recycling and providing technical education to students. For larger amounts of technology or specific items like old CRT or rear projection TVs, direct contact with AZ StRUT is necessary. National resources such as Earth911 and Call2Recycle are available for responsible recycling of other tech devices, cellphones, and batteries.

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