What Business and Local Government Need to Do About E-waste

  1. above all, have a clearly defined policy
  2. make someone responsible
  3. deal with the data security issue; reformatting your hard drive 1-8 times over may not always work. To be completely sure there is nothing on your hard drive, destroy it!
  4. be proactive; think about risks and values

If you choose to use a recycler, confirm the following:

  1. personally visit their operation site, or talk to someone who has
  2. determine if disassembly/demanufacturing is actually happening!!
  3. establish if they provide hard drive destruction capability
  4. know if their working conditions are conducive to a reputable company

When you choose to use a recycler, ask for the following:

  1. get documentation that your material has been handled/recycled properly
  2. obtain a certificate of guaranteed destruction
  3. an understanding of downstream processing information, who is recycling glass, plastics, other materials, and where it is being done
  4. information on compliance with environmental and other business regulations
  5. IAER and other industry memberships
  6. if they have participated and signed the BAN pledge
  7. references (EPA, state agencies, other organizations)

The bottom line impact for businesses and local government mean that it doesn't cost much to get it right! The positive PR you receive from managing this material the right way may be worth a lot. The non-economic benefit of conserving resources and reducing waste means your organization is committed to doing the right thing.

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