Electronic waste consists of materials and products containing substances that can damage or harm health or the environment. Examples include asbestos, lead, mercury, needles, blood, Biological or Bio-Waste, and hazardous waste materials, making e-waste disposal a sometimes problematic process.
Since many such substances are used in the manufacture and operation of computing and electronic equipment, e-waste is often taken as synonymous with Electronic waste. This type of e-waste typically contains toxic and hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, chromium, and chemical flame retardants — all of which have the potential to make their way into soils and water supplies, damaging human habitats and natural ecosystems. So proper electronic disposal typically requires special locations or techniques.
Let’s now consider how to dispose of electronics. It’s reckoned that in excess of 130 million mobile phones and 3 million tons of electronic equipment such as TV sets, computers, and laptops are discarded each year. That’s a lot of material — and there are several techniques that e-waste disposal services can call upon to deal with it. They include:
If you’re looking to dispose of Electronic or Environmental waste, there are usually two options: You can transport the items to a designated electronic waste facility yourself or hire a professional e-waste disposal service. To a greater or lesser extent, in either case, you’ll need to locate a suitable facility, identify whether the facility is suitable for your kind of e-waste, and get the e-waste to that site.
Locating Electronic Waste Disposal Centers can be as simple as running a Google search then performing due diligence. In the US, resources like the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) directory can help in refining your search and drilling down to the websites of individual facilities on the list.
Electronic waste disposal can provide a number of benefits — both for equipment and device owners and for the world at large.
For individuals and organizations, electronic waste destruction, when properly implemented using data wiping and comprehensive physical destruction methods, enhances information security and reduces the risk of sensitive information such as passwords, personal health data, financial data, and intellectual property falling into the hands of third parties who can recover it from hard drives and storage media.
In all situations with e-waste and IT equipment disposal, you’ll need to consider the risk and potential consequences to you or your organization of someone gaining unauthorized access to your data. Data recovery technologies are now sophisticated enough to reconstruct information from hardware treated with data-wiping software or HDD shredder applications.
Ideally, you should remove data from the hard drive and destroy the old hard drive and digital storage media before disposal. An e-waste disposal company that also offers a hard drive destruction service can help in resolving this issue.
A comprehensive e-waste disposal service should provide options for data sanitization (remove data from the hard drive and other storage media) and techniques to dispose of hard drives securely before safe and environmentally sound disposal.
The service should also provide Chain of Custody monitoring for documentation of the handling of your material at all stages and a formalized certificate of hard drive destruction for each storage device that they process. This will enable you to keep in line with all of your organization’s data privacy and regulatory compliance obligations.
At TechReset, we do more than just unwanted computer recycling. We specialize in the safe and proper disposal of electronic waste (e-waste) and guarantee secure data wipes or destruction of your confidential data to your needs in a timely fashion, and we have the resources to handle jobs of any size or complexity. We go beyond computer recycling or e-waste to ensure the least environmental impact possible while helping put money back in your pocket.