For the past 5 years, my neighbours and I have been practicing the habit of cleaning the house every 3 months and setting aside unwanted but usable items ready for the garage sale that we organize within our apartment complex. This garage sale is meant for the cleaners, security guards and helpers working here. We collect all the items, categorize them, and then put them up for sale with minimal costs. With the amount collected, we buy groceries and donate them to the orphanage nearby. This system has been working well for the past five years.
Unfortunately, now due to the pandemic, it is impossible to have a garage sale. So, whenever we have usable toys, clothes, books, bags, games, curtains, etc. to donate, we have been handing them over to the cleaners, security guards or helpers whom we are in touch with regularly.
But, what about electronic items like our refrigerators, washing machine, mobiles, tablets, laptops, etc.? These electronic items contain chemicals (like mercury, lead, beryllium, brominated flame retardants, cadmium, etc.) that are harmful to us as well as to our surroundings. If they are mishandled during disposal, it could prove dangerous for the future generations because the chemicals from these items could end up in the water, soil, or air.
Initially, we piled them up at home. Later, we began giving them to our helper, because we assumed that she knew where to dispose the electronic items. Or perhaps, we thought she would at least give them to a repair shop, thereby being of use to her directly or indirectly. But, one day when I asked her what she did with the iPhone I had given her, she told me that she had to throw it in the garbage bin because the guy at the mobile shop was unable to unlock it. I was horrified.
After that, I only kept toys or clothes for her to take and, fortunately, while looking for e-Waste collectors, I came across Byju’s (India’s most loved education app) e-Waste Collection Management initiative. Instead of just selling their products and leaving the headache of disposing them to us, Byju’s collects the devices at the end of their useful lives. You can also drop other unwanted electronic items at their collection point closest to you and the company will arrange to safely dispose or recycle the same.
Due to work-from-home and online schooling situations, many of us have had to buy additional devices, resulting in storing piles of spares and out-dated models at home. But, as they say, one man’s trash could be another man’s treasure. With Byju’s GIVE initiative, your undesirable devices could be a gem that lights up a less fortunate child’s future.
How? Well, Byju’s mission called ‘Byju’s Education for all’ aims to educate 5 million children from underprivileged communities by 2025. They have decided to recycle by repurposing and refurbishing your unwanted mobile phone or tablet and loading the Byju’s application in them before delivering these now-ready devices to the needy – FREE OF COST!
Operating System: Android 5.1 and above
Screen size: 5 inches and above
External Storage: Up to 128GB for combo SD cards
RAM: 2GB and above
In case your device is eligible and in usable condition, you can fill the form and get your device collected by a Byju’s campaign partner. You will definitely feel the satisfaction of having contributed to a child’s education.
Thanks to me, you now know where and how you can dispose your e-Waste. So, come on, let us dig our drawers and help the underprivileged in the country.
Picture courtesy : John Marshall/Aveti Learning