Though companies produce huge amounts of IT Waste daily, few regulations have been in place to help monitor its disposition. Where does e-waste go? What consequences can improper recycling have for businesses and the environment? Is there a better way to control E-Waste disposal? Considering these questions can increase every company’s profit margin.When EE (electronic and electrical equipment) has reached the end of its usefulness, most companies don’t know where it goes, They just know that the recycling company has retrieved it. Without standards and regulations in place, many recycling companies simply resell the unwanted equipment to third-world countries. According to E-waste:A growing environmental problem for Africa , functional EEE-waste is refurbished, but nonfunctional technology, about twenty-five percent of the annual shipment, is dismantled by hand and burned. The precious metals are retrieved, the remaining sludge is dumped in the nearest river, and the next load is processed.What are the consequences? This is of serious concern because large amounts of EEE can be disposed of improperly, seriously impacting the environment. According to Assessment of the quantities of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in Scotland, 0.91 metric Tons of EEE-waste is thrown out each year in the E.U. alone. Some rots in land fills, some is shipped to third-world countries, but much is handled according to the R2 specification. Is here a better way? Yes. Many recycling companies are trying to adopt the new R2 standard. Among other things, this standard requires recyclers to be certified in more than fifty operational and environmental standards. For example, R2 certified recyclers are required to: purge or destroy all data from hard drives, exorcise due diligence in handling dangerous materials, and meet export and import laws when selling such materials. Furthermore, R2 certified recyclers must sell only to state-of-the-art facilities, ensuring that open burning and dumping is not possible.
Recycling technology is a must, but businesses must be discriminating when choosing a recycler. Choosing one with R2 certification ensures the electronic equipment will be recovered to the extent of the current state-of-the-art. SMS Modules , an asset management organization with a pending R2 certification, recycles EEE-waste from companies and schools, compensating for the value of the working product.Furthermore, SMS Modules tracks each item’s disposition, ensuring that no assets end up in a