When it comes to finding a responsible IT Asset Disposal (ITAD) and E-Waste Management company which can dispose of computers, copiers, and other electronics, Brass Valley has implemented and created processes and procedures that help reduce e-waste or electronic waste for companies.
Is your company aware of its electronic waste stream?
As small companies grow and become more prominent companies, more electronics are purchased to accommodate new employees. The purchasing of electronics include lamps, phones, computers, keyboards, tablets, and cellphones. Even at home, families are purchasing small and large equipment, small IT equipment, and screens. As the companies across the globe attempt to become a paperless society, the increase of buying electronics to maximize efficiency has become a problem as well as an opportunity for those of us with proper e-waste disposal and recycling procedures. There should be policies and procedures in place in your company when it comes to e-waste. Do your employees know who to contact when their electronics stop working, or are they just putting the items in with the regular disposal? Everyone in the company should be aware of what department to contact when they need new electronics. If they don't, talk to us about creating proper procedures.
E-waste Management is a global issue, not just an industry issue
The need for responsible e-waste management companies is becoming vital as we try to make sure that every home, office, hospital, small to large companies are connected via the internet on a global scale. That means purchasing modems, routers, and cables to operate all electronics that will eventually create e-waste as those items are upgraded for better efficiency. The issues come when those electronics have stopped working. They are dumped into landfills. Without the proper procedures in place, this type of dumping becomes hazardous to the environment and people. While Brass Valley works in the e-waste management industry, others take short cuts and dump anywhere without understanding long-term issues.
E-waste management is not just one person’s problem, one companies problem, state, or country; this is a worldwide problem that needs to be worked on together.
Reduce the Growing pile of e-waste
How do we reduce the growing collection of electronic waste? Through efficient e-waste recycling programs, we can generate less CO2 emissions and minimize mining for precious minerals. The same efforts we’ve put into reducing plastic because of environmental hazards should also be placed into e-waste. Recent estimates indicate the number is 50 million tons of e-waste is produced every year. But if we don’t start collectively working together as consumers and creators of electronics, by 2050, the number will grow to 120 million tons each year. Imagine the movie Wall-e if we don’t start to understand the more we purchase and throw out without proper disposal and procedures, the more waste we create, the more harm we do to the planet. An alternative for reducing e-waste is to find companies that sell refurbished or reused certified IT equipment instead of purchasing new items.
What can your company do about e-waste?
One step towards proper e-waste management is to contact companies that are certified to do so like Brass Valley. Most of the electronics around the world are improperly disposed of and treated like regular garbage. Start researching electronic companies recycling and reuse programs when purchasing new computers, tablets, and phones for your employees. Another thing to keep in mind is to contact a company like Brass Valley that sells services to help with proper IT Asset Management and Disposition that span all types of office equipment such as telecommunications, computers, servers, and more.
If your purchase electronics from a company that doesn't have a recycling or re-use plan for their electronics, Brass Valley can step in and help with the proper disposal of all types of electronics. Don't think that you can throw away your laptops with hard drives in the trash with paper or food waste. There are precious metals that need to be removed with machinery and more often than not are done by hand by workers in developing countries. We need to make sure that we protect workers and the environment from cheap and improper e-waste.
The responsibility for e-waste solutions has to come from, producers of electronics, consumers, small to large companies, and the e-waste industry for everyone to understand the importance of e-waste recycling and reuse. If you are looking to be part of the e-waste solution, contact Brass Valley.
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