Used IT Equipment – Too Much Ends Up in LandfillsWell it is estimated that last year we generated globally over 50 million metric tons of E-waste. That rate of E-waste generation is forecasted to hit 75 million metric tons by 2030.For many years E-waste just went into landfills and dumps like most of the rest of the trash that was generated each year. Yet our E-waste can be a bit more dangerous for our environment. It often contains materials like lead, cadmium, and mercury which can leach into the soil and water if not handled properly. These substances can contaminate the environment and cause serious health problems for both humans and animals.. That E-waste accounts for 70% of toxic waste production. This has become such an important issue to our global health that an industry practice has been formed called ITAD, which stands for Information Technology Asset Disposition. It is a set of guidelines that show best practices for dealing with E-Waste. Learn a bit more about them here.
Recycling Used IT Equipment – To Help Keep Our Planet GreenRecycling E-waste also helps conserve natural resources. Many electronic devices contain valuable materials such as gold, silver, and copper, which are extracted from the earth and used in the manufacturing process. By recycling these materials, we can reduce the demand for new mining and extraction, which can help preserve these resources for future generations.
The Economics of Recycling Used IT EquipmentYet there is also an economic impact that can be achieved by recycling used networking equipment.In addition to the environmental and resource conservation benefits, recycling e-waste can also help create jobs and stimulate the economy. The EPA has resources to help determine the benefits of recycling used IT equipment:
Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a procurement tool created to help institutional purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare, and select desktop computers, notebooks, and monitors based on their environmental attributes. EPEAT also provides a clear and consistent performance criteria for product design and provides an opportunity for manufacturers to secure market recognition for efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their products.
Electronics Environmental Benefits CalculatorThe downloadable Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator (EEBC) (last bullet titled “Benefits Calculator”) estimates the environmental benefits of improving the purchasing, use and disposal of computer products; specifically computer desktops, liquid crystal display (LCD) and cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors and computer notebooks/laptops. The EEBC also calculates the benefits of mobile phone reuse and recycling, and of recycling mixed loads of electronic equipment. Find out more information about using the EEBC.