Businesses do not have enough policy in place when it comes to the responsible disposal of electronics, a survey has found.
Many businesses rely heavily on IT to conduct their day-to-day business. Naturally this equipment at some stage reaches its “end of life” as it either becomes obsolete or no longer functions correctly.
At this end of life stage, businesses have a legal obligation to dispose of the equipment in an environmentally responsible manner but one local recycling company’s recent survey discovered that most local business do not have a policy in place when it comes to disposing of e-waste.
To mark National Recycle week, 16-22 June 2014, electronics recyclers Spartan Recycling and Remarketing have conducted a survey by means of a questionnaire to measure people’s awareness, attitudes and opinions on the disposal of electronic devices.
From the survey the most significant findings were that 56 percent of businesses asked, do not have a policy in place for disposing of unwanted electronic devices, and furthermore 60 percent of participants didn’t think that e-waste could be hazardous to the environment. Most alarmingly only 12 percent of those who took part said that they recycle their unwanted electronics.
Chris Pattihis, director at Spartan Recycling and Remarketing commented: “Electronic waste is the fastest growing segment of the waste stream and is only going to get worse as more technology comes to the market.
Chris Pattihis, Spartan Recycling and Remarketing – “People need to be educated and understand how to dispose of their electronics safely and correctly. We are all educated on the benefits of recycling things such as bottles, cans and paper however the same cannot be said of electronic devices”
“People need to be educated and understand how to dispose of their electronics safely and correctly. We are all educated on the benefits of recycling things such as bottles, cans and paper however the same cannot be said of electronic devices.”
Currently Britain ranks as sixth in the world in terms of the total amount of e-waste created, producing 1.4m tonnes of e-waste each year.
As use of technology increases this global mountain of waste is expected to continue growing eight percent per year, indefinitely according to BCC Research.
Spartan Recycling and Remarketing will be conducting a “technology amnesty” to mark National Recycling week and are available to collect unwanted electronics from homes and businesses across the West Midlands.