Monthly Archives: July 2016

As members of the electronics recycling industry, Tech Dump has always held ourselves to high standards to keep the Earth, our employees, and our customers’ data safe and secure. In fact, Tech Discounts grew out of our desire in our recycling division, Tech Dump, to make every effort to REUSE old electronics whenever possible.

Thanks to the work of our partner, Tim Brown Design, we love the symbolism of our Tech Discounts logo for the work we are honored to do each day.

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When we look at our logo, we are reminded that each day we are working to keep electronics going. We make technology affordable, minimize our environmental impact, and create local jobs.

An early version of our logo displayed a plug symbol on the left side, however our current lightning bolt design feels much more appropriate. We sell so much more than just refurbished electronics with plugs—we sell items with cables, cords, and batteries. Each day is an adventure at Tech Discounts as you never know what amazing variety and value you will find on our shelves.

The right side’s arrow shows we are a proud member of the circular economy.  This is a buzzword that can be thrown around quite frequently, but most simply it means producing no waste or pollution. While recycling is critical to the environmental conversation, extending the length of use for electronics is critical.

One additional way that we keep electronics going and in use is through our repair services which are now available to the public. Have a broken cell phone screen? A tablet that won’t hold its charge? We provide a free estimate, and we continue to hear great feedback about our price and speed of repair.

The final way that we keep electronics and the power going, is by creating local jobs and job training opportunities. Beyond our important environmental mission, we also have a vital social mission focused on employing adults facing barriers to employment. We provide training and experience for our trainees to have a pathway forward.

We’re excited about this new brand and logo, to remind the community of the work we had already been doing. We appreciate you helping spread the word, so swing by our Golden Valley retail space and bring a friend!

p6_mainx_adn_1107_cellphonePDFPETALING JAYA: Over 90% of the materials used in mobile devices and accessories can be recovered through proper recycling.

However, recycling the usual household items such as newspapers, bottles and plastics is a lot easier than recycling e-waste as most do not know where to dispose of their unusable electronics.

PhD candidate Norjulia Ahmad Mahir, 31, said she had been holding on to her old mobile phones and other electronics as she did not know where to dispose of them.

“I know it has a bad effect on the environment and that’s why I do not simply throw them out,” she said.

Her “stash” includes two smartphones, a charger, a battery, a compact camera and a video camcorder, all unusable.

Norjulia considers herself an advocate of green living. Some of her green efforts include using cloth diapers for her young daughter.

“I’m all for a greener environment. I recycle normal household items on a regular basis but e-waste is a bit hard because I can’t find e-waste recycling centres,” she lamented.

Amira Suraya Azaharin also did not know where to dispose of her small electronics back in her home in Shah Alam and resorted to throwing an epilator in the bin once.

The 28-year-old has taken recycling seriously since moving to Japan for her MBA studies.

“I’m already used to separating paper and bottles back home in Malaysia but living in Tokyo trains me to do it more properly.

“I used to just separate and leave the waste at the recycling centre but in Japan, I make the effort to remove caps and wrappers. It is expected of anyone living in Japan. It’s a lifestyle there,” she said.

For huge electronic appliances and even clothes, Amira said residents needed to call the bulk waste centre to set an appointment.

“They will pick up the items from your house for a fee,” she added.

Amira felt it was easier to do recycling in Japan compared to Malaysia because recycling in Japan is part of the local culture and local authorities reminded residents to recycle daily, including posting recycling posters in residential lifts and common areas.

While some do not know where to discard their old electronics, environmentalist Yasmin Rasyid of EcoKnights said some people held on to their old belongings out of sentiments.

“I know people like my mum who still has her Nokia handphone from 1997. It’s like a nostalgic feeling with some people, so they keep their mobile phones,” she said.

Freelance actor Cheng Zhu Hann, 25, learned the hard way about keeping old electronics – the battery acid from his old Game Boy leaked and seeped into photos and letters he kept in a memory box.

“That Game Boy is my childhood.

“It was a thing I played with the most so I never thought of disposing it. I kept it in the memory box together with other things for safekeeping,” he said.

Cheng said he would go through his memory box every now and then and one time, he found the letters and photos damaged.

“It was covered in this black gooey thing and the Game Boy looked like it was foaming. I realise the battery acid caused it,” he added.

He quickly took out the batteries from other old cameras and electronics and disposed of them.

Yasmin said recycling e-waste was not only important to avoid soil and groundwater contamination but also because of the valuable materials like gold, silver and copper in the devices could still be reused for manufacturing.

“What’s more important is that we will reduce the need to mine more of these precious metals and minerals if we can recycle the ones that we are discarding daily.

MyRU9VfIA“In many states in the United States, there is already a ban on sending electronic waste to landfills as the risk of these electronic waste contaminating our soil and water is high,” she added.MyRU9VfIA

Extinct-Device-CIf alien archeologists excavate the earth thousands of years from now, they may believe that computers–and not humans–were the primary form of life on the planet.

Scientists have discovered that fossilized technology, or technofossils will be the primary evidence of human life in the future, meaning that old computers and phones sitting in landfills could be around millions of years after humans are gone.

As humans continue to throw trash into the ocean and landfills pile high, we aren’t just polluting the earth — we’re changing its geology. The vast amount of waste that humans have produced has caused a new geological epoch, the anthropocene.

The anthropocene is a new division in Earth’s geological time scale reflecting the unprecedented impact that humans have made on the planet. Unlike past life forms, who left behind footprints or bones, we will leave behind technofossils such as highways, cities, airports and landfills.

This is because we are filling the earth with waste that will not decompose. Although biological waste will break down, technowaste does not degrade. Humans create almost a billion tons of plastic every three years, and much of it goes into landfills across the globe.

In the future, some landfills will erode, releasing plastic debris into the sedimentary cycle. Others will be buried and the e-waste within it will fossilize. These e-fossils will likely remain on earth for thousands to millions of years, even if humans don’t survive that long.

Thus, we humans have created so much waste that thousands of years in the future, will be defined by it.

The lesson in all of this? Unless you want your cellphone to sit in a landfill for the next couple million years, you should recycle it.

At Tech Dump, we recycle anything with cords, cables, or batteries; we guarantee that electronics will be recycled or refurbished and resold. By recycling and reusing electronics, we can reduce the amount of waste that we leave on our planet.