Many people do not realize the recycling electronics is an important issue. When electronics are improperly recycled by a business, this can not only put the company’s data at risk, but can also result in legal action being taken against the company. We see a recent example of this when Comcast was found guilty of illegal eWaste practices for the past 10 years and made to pay a settlement of $26 million. Not only is the illegal dumping of electronics hazardous to the environment and your company’s security, but it is also a tough cleanup job that takes a lot of time, money, and resources to correct.
Environmentalleader.com mentions five ways companies can be sure that their corporation is remaining eWaste compliant. They are:
- Keep eWaste management centralized, as opposed to letting individual branches and departments handle it themselves.
- Be sure that all devices that contain data are protected by properly recycling. Even a copy machine or printer can contain a hard drive that stores information!
- Read up on your federal and state eWaste regulations and know them thoroughly.
- Work with a legitimate, registered eWaste vendor that you can trust (like ProTek!).
- Use a single eWaste vendor as opposed to multiple vendors to keep the process simple.