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Cyberkite E-waste Policy

Last Updated 29-06-2019

According to Sustainability Victoria

E-waste – or electronic waste – is growing three times faster than the rate of standard municipal waste. It contains many potentially hazardous and valuable materials, which don't belong in landfill.

To help protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government has banned all e-waste from going to landfill as of 1 July 2019. That means, e-waste can’t go in general or recycling bin anymore.

Cyberkite supports this Victorian Government initiative and our E-waste policy ensures we recycle E-waste responsibly for all our customers. Therefore we have created a thorough e-waste policy in all our onsite operations. 

If you would like to donate some old computer equipment or need to upgrade your existing fleet, please contact us.

If you have e-waste of your own, we encourage everyone to bin it the right way, visit: Where to take e-waste? (In Victoria, Australia)

Overview

 

This policy outlines how Cyberkite handles E-waste disposal including computers, printers, other IT devices, electrical appliances, mobile devices, printer cartridges, printer ink, paper, cardboard and etc.

It governs how we handle E-waste after we deploy IT & Cybersecurity products & solutions to clients and how we handle it ourselves. 

Related Government Sites & Details:  

What is e-waste? 

According to Sustainability Victoria, "E-waste (electronic waste) refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted. From your phone to your fridge, your laptop to your electric lawnmower, it covers a whole range of items from work, home and even the garden shed". Learn more.

Why recycle e-waste? 

According to Sustainability Victoria, Australians are amongst the highest users and disposers of technology! In fact, in Australia e-waste is growing up to three times faster than general waste. 

  • In 2008, 106,000 tonnes of televisions, computers and computer products reached end of life in Australia. By 2013, this volume had grown to 138,000 tonnes. Without significant measures to reduce it, this figure will grow to approximately 223,000 tonnes in 2023-24.

  • In Victoria Australia, it is estimated that a total of about 109,000 tonnes of e-waste were generated in 2015. This volume is projected to increase to about 256,000 tonnes by 2035.

 

While it’s important to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill, there are two other key reasons for recycling e-waste: 

  1. It’s better for the environment

  2. It contains valuable materials

 

Most e-waste contains hazardous materials. These can range from heavy metals such as lead, and mercury to ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and flame retardants.

Even in small amounts, these dangerous chemicals can cause environmental contamination. However, when millions of e-waste items are dumped in landfill or stored inappropriately, the situation becomes much more serious. They can leach dangerous amounts of hazardous substances into our groundwater, soil, and air. As these substances, do not break down easily, the result can be long term environmental pollution.

Our E-waste Recycling Providers & Donations

In line with Victorian Government ban on e-waste from landfill in Victoria, Australia starting from 1 July 2019, we only recycle e-waste using a local e-waste providers. 

 

Computers & IT Devices

  • IT Non-Profit called Stev-PC who responsibly erased the data on computers, refurbish them, provide us a report and then send them off to Pacific countries to such places like schools and community centres to help third world countries have an equal footing online. Michael Plis (Founder) is passionate about E-waste and has partnered with Stev-PC for many years in previous roles. 

  • Alternative computer recycler is the TechCollect program in local Officeworks stores and council waste disposal depots. This is also free. 

Mobile Phones

  • We recycle all phones in MobileMuster boxes in local OfficeWorks stores and City of Monash Waste Depot MobileMuster box. 

Printer Cartridges

  • We deposit any cartridges ink and waste bottles into local Cartridges 4 PlanetArk boxes in local OfficeWorks stores.  

Paper & Cardboard

  • We put all paper and cardboard packaging from purchased new IT equipment to recycling bins at client properties and in our office. 

 

Data Removal Procedure before Disposal

 

Phones or Tablets

  1. Disconnect any external accessories such as your smartwatch or smart home unit

  2. Back-up your phone/tablets data to the cloud or your computer

  3. Log out of all your accounts such as Facebook and Twitter and your email

  4. Perform a factory reset.

  5. Remove any SIM and memory cards.

 

For more information on wiping data from your old phone, visit MobileMuster where you can watch videos about wiping data from Android and iOS devices.​

Computers

  1. Back-up data you want to retain for use in the future. You’ll need to use an external hard drive or a server to store your files.

  2. Save your software serial numbers. Any installed software will also be lost when you wipe your computer (whichever method you use). Review what’s currently installed and dig out corresponding install discs and serial numbers.

  3. Remove programs. Sort out your software licenses for any programs you want to continue using on the new computer.

  4. Clear cookies and sign out. Make sure you delete your browsing history and clear your cookies. It’s also worth making sure passwords for your email accounts have not been saved. Go to your webmail account, Facebook and any other site at which you regularly log in and deselect any options to log you in automatically. Your web browser may also have settings for logging in.

  5. Delete your data. Drag everything from your Documents, Pictures and Music folder into the recycling bin or trash and then empty the folder.

External Memory Devices: 

  1. Copy all data to another memory device

  2. or plug the memory device into relevant computer or tablet and copy the data to it. 

Other Devices: 

  1. Erase data from those devices. 

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