Disposal: Your Old Hardware Wants to be Eco Friendly Too!
The IT industry is booming as businesses are more reliant on technology as they enter a digital business evolution. Technology hardware and personal devices are increasing, but when hardware comes to the end of its life cycle and can no longer be repurposed, we need to dispose of it properly. According to Sustainbilityelectronics.org "approximately 15 pounds of used electronics are generated per capita worldwide, however less than 20% are recycled. The volume of used electronics is expected to increase over 33% by the end of the decade.” Just think about the rate of technology change you are experiencing; it’s a much faster rate, yet our disposal policies have not kept up pace. Decommissioned hardware are clogging up our landfills, and electronics also contain poisons such as lead and mercury. Corporations also need to also be aware of the monetary penalties of not properly disposing of your hardware, which can result in thousands of dollars in fines from the government.
Within the last 3 decades, the government has put more restrictions and guidelines to dispose your hardware properly, however, 1990, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have increased by about 7 percent. With these statistics, more corporations are putting even greater emphasis on “being green.” Businesses are paying more attention to the products life cycle assessment, and the end-to-end considerations when making the initial purchase of materials. In order to achieve this, many companies are turning to third party vendors who have the expertise and knowledge of properly recycling materials.
So who should lead the charge in IT Sustainability? According to Gartner, The CIO and IT management team in corporations should demonstrate leadership in sustainability, and they should engage early in the decision making, development and deployment of sustainable business system operations. While being involved in the business systems operations, leaders also need to look at vendors to support them in that process. With a proper plan for Green initiatives in place from the beginning of the IT Life Cycle, you are prepared against being in the "red."
Do Your Part, It’s the Law: Make sure It’s Disposed Correctly:
When hardware can no longer be refurbished and is nearing the end of its life cycle, make sure that you properly dispose of the hardware. The R2:2013 Standard certificate is the most updated version of the standard. The R2 Standard helps companies: Classify, Aggregate, Allocate, and Monitor the best methods of recycling. The R2 certified recycler is responsible for properly recycling the materials, and exporting/importing the materials to the proper facility.
MDSI is a certified RS: 2013 Recycler, click here to learn more