A Comprehensive Guide to Responsible E-Waste Disposal for Businesses
E-waste disposal for businesses is perhaps more important now than ever before. As more and more pressure is being placed on global businesses to become more sustainable, combined with the increase in data breaches targeting businesses, environmentally responsible and secure data destruction and IT asset disposal are necessary.
Introduction to E-Waste Disposal
The EPA defines e-waste as: “…used electronics that are nearing the end of their useful life, and are discarded, donated or given to a recycler.” As a subset of used electronics, e-waste may have inherent value in its parts and components. Common examples of business e-waste include PCs, printers, photocopiers, phones, tablets, laptops and hard drives.
Many of these electronics may contain sensitive data that needs to be destroyed during the disposal process; nearly all modern electronics pose a significant number of environmental problems such as rare earth metals leaching into ground soils, for example.