E-Waste: The What, the Why and the Why Now

The proliferation of short life-span gadgets and development of pervasive new technologies have permeated every aspect of our lives. Let’s face it, they make our lives easier; moreover, engineer infrastructure allowing the flow of internal (centralized) business processes.

In addition, economic growth and growing demand for consumer goods have created a synergy for electrical and electrical equipment shorter lifespan. For instance, (CPU) Central Processing Units life span since 1997 have greatly reduced from 4-6 years to two years in 2005. We know technologies are cyclical, but what happens when they reach their (EOL) end of life.

We all understand there is one definite in this world – all things deteriorate with time. E-waste is a problem, and our landfills are an increasing matter of tremendous concern.

Circuit boards include environmental contaminants mercury and chemical elements (barium, cadmium, nickel) – metals creating biological and chemical leaching toxins in our aquifer; adversely impacting air quality, drinking water and our nervous and circulatory systems. Furthermore, it affects our ecosystem and those who inhabit them. It requires a copacetic relationship, if you will, between manufacturers and consumers.

Ask yourself, “How important is your drinking water and food chain – our planet and future generations?” We often do not give an afterthought to what happens after technologies have run their course. Someone once told me, “Don’t bring me problems – bring me solutions.”

Electronic Recyclers are today’s (ITAD) IT Asset Disposition service provider, but let me be clear, they’re only as good as their certifications. Integrity falls on the many prudent behaviors an integrated (EHMS) Environmental Health Management System provides.

The R2/ISO/OHSAS certifications provide a robust employee health/environmental management system. The certifications require ongoing audits documented vetted procedures/processes in place to de-manufacture, sort and process materials. The certifications are time consuming and come at the e-cyclers expense.

It is a good reason why many in the industry are not certified, and a great reason why they are your go to e-cycle provider. Certified recyclers are more than happy to provide transparency, so always ask for their certifications – they earned it.

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