A recent report by the European Union found that only about a third of Europe’s e-waste is being disposed of properly.
“The rest wound up in landfills and black market sales and exports, which can lead to economic, environmental and health problems,” Newsweek said. “Proper disposal methods for e-waste exist, but many European consumers and companies don’t use them.”
This isn’t just Europe’s problem. A study by the United Nations released earlier this year found that the United States had the dubious honor of being the world’s biggest e-waste dumpers, discarding 7.1 million tons of e-waste.
E-waste in this case is defined as any device with a battery or an electrical cord, which means that what’s getting dumped ranges from tablets and laptops to refrigerators and washing machines.
CWI can’t help you dispose of old household appliances, but we can assist you if you work for a business, school or government agency that wants to upgrade its IT assets and dispose of the old ones in an environmentally responsible manner.
Most of the equipment we process can be reused, and reuse is the most environmentally safe way to dispose of unwanted IT assets. But in rare cases, we get a piece of equipment that can’t be reused due to its age or condition.
In those cases, CWI works with partners who follow environmental best practices and adhere to industry standards for electronic recycling. Those standards include policies that keep old devices out of landfills and from being exported to developing countries.
Global e-waste is expected to rise by 20 percent over the next three years, “driven by rising sales and shorter lifetimes of electronic equipment,” Reuters said. With our help, you can make sure your company isn’t a part of that 20 percent.