E-Waste Tips for small businesses
Technology has made us more efficient, more productive and more connected – and transformed the way that we do business. However, such a rapid increase in technology, and the pace at which new and improved technology is produced, also means an increase in electronic waste. In fact, in 2018, we produced 49.8 million metric tons of e-waste globally, with small businesses contributing to a large portion of it.
Are you a small business guilty of playing your part in producing e-waste from your office? Here are our 5 tips for doing better by the planet and cutting down on your contribution:
Use the Cloud
Cloud software and applications reduce your need for hardware and servers. Where you can, look at your options for leveraging cloud technology options for software and storage space. Not only is cloud software secure, it’s also a safer option as it reduces your risk of loss through fire, damage or theft. Cloud technology also means you have access to your files – no matter where you’re working.
While it might be past its use-by date for you, there are other organizations who may find a use from your old technology. Not only is recycling is good for the planet, it can also help out others who might otherwise not have access to technology. Reusing old cell phones and other electronics that still have some use, rather than just replacing them, is even better.
We receive a constant stream of e-waste, both reusable and recyclable. We have developed sustainable streams for both whole items, components, and commodities. For all non-usable items, Computer Recycling ships only through Basel Permits to our partners in Europe and Asia were the products are processed back into the raw commodities at their world leading e-waste disposal and recovery facilities.
One of the concerns your supervisors and managers might have is about sensitive data and recycling. To feel confident that your data won’t end up in the wrong hands, you need to hire a company that destroys your data before recycling. Always check that this is part of the process before dropping off your ewaste. As part of our ewaste recycling services, we also offer a comprehensive range of Data Destruction services.
Ask the Right Questions
If you’re planning on outsourcing your recycling, prepare a list of questions. As well as finding out about their data destruction policy and their recycling methods, it’s important to find out if the company you are considering has the right credentials like an ISO 14001 environmental management certificate. This indicates that the company has the right systems and processes in place to best manage their environmental responsibilities in handling your e-waste.
So, if it’s time to clear out some of that e-waste clutter that has been taking up space in your office, keep these five tips in mind. We offer a free pick up service for 10+ items within a 25km radius of Auckland City, as well as free drop-off at our site in Onehunga – find out more or get in touch with us online.