A Comprehensive Guide to Responsible E-Waste Disposal for Businesses
The importance of e-waste disposal for businesses has perhaps never been greater than now. Responsible and sustainable businesses must address the environmental impact of their IT asset disposal strategy not only to help mitigate the growing e-waste crisis, but also to potentially save money and increase IT security as well.
Below is our comprehensive guide on how to dispose of electronic waste for businesses:
Introduction to E-Waste Disposal
Electronic waste (e-waste) is variously defined by different advocacy groups and government environmental agencies. The Global E-waste Statistics Partnership broadly defines it as: “[E-waste] includes a wide range of products – almost any household or business item with circuitry or electrical components with power or battery supply.”
Some of the most common e-waste generated by businesses include IT infrastructure and IT assets, including laptops, mobile phones, PC workstations, photocopiers, printers and IT peripherals.
Improper e-waste disposal carries a wide range of risks, particularly for environmental and health hazards due to the presence of rare earth metals contained in most modern electronics.