Recycling Electronic Waste
Around 1 million tonnes of 'WEEE' (waste electrical and electronic waste) are generated every year. It is really important to recycle your electronic devices within your business properly, to save your data ending up in the wrong hands. It is said that 95% of companies still send their electronic waste to landfill rather than making arrangements for it to be collected, reused or recycled. It is a well known fact that e-waste is increasing by the minute, and because our computers, mobile phones, TV's and other assorted devices containing valuable materials, the temptation to extract that value at any environmental cost is considerable.
In addition, many computers are being destroyed instead of recycled in fear of data security. By following a few simple rules you can avoid making mistakes that will come back to haunt you. The first rule would be know your recycler. First of all, never recycle your electronics with a company that isn't certified by either R2 Solutions or e-Stewards or both. Having both of these standards will ensure your data privacy will receive the highest levels of protection.
If you physically destroy the computer hard disk, sometimes this does not securely remove the data and still a chance it can be recovered, so the safest approach is to use a shredder software that will securely wipe the disk.
How is it recycled?
Electrical and electronic waste equipment are collected at council recycling centres and some retailers. Then it is shredded into small pieces once taken to a reprocessing plant. Once shredded, strong magnets remove ferrous metals such as steel and other non-metallic metals are removed by various methods. Plastic is sorted into types like near infrared light and density separation.
What can be made out of electrical items
If electrical items are left in landfill, hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination which harm wildlife and even human health. By recycling electronic waste, it can be turned into new applications, for example did you know one iron contains enough to make 13 steel cans? Also game consoles contain steel that can be used for computer casings, car parts and beams, and mowers can be used to make musical instruments, pipe fittings and car bumpers.
ITADwise Ltd offers WEEE disposal services, making sure that your electronic devices don't fall into the wrong hands. Call us today and begin improving your businesses ITAD practices!