A survey carried out by waste management solutions company Businesswaste.co.uk has concluded that 95 percent of companies don’t recycle their old computer equipment, instead preferring to destroy it to prevent the extraction of sensitive data.
According to the study, which surveyed 500 customers, many businesses are not aware of their regulatory obligations with regard to disposing of electronic equipment, while the figures suggest that only a small minority of organisations are getting rid of their unwanted equipment through waste management firms.
A tremendous amount of energy and many valuable resources are required to produce electronic equipment, much of which is classed as hazardous and therefore must be disposed of in a careful and environmentally friendly way. Some estimates suggest that it takes a quarter of a tonne of fossil fuel, 48 pounds of chemicals and one and a half tonnes of water just to manufacture one computer and monitor.
Mark Hall, Businesswaste.co.uk – “We’re seeing more and more electronic waste being inappropriately discarded. In fact, e-waste is currently the fastest growing type of waste that companies like ours handle”
Businesswaste.co.uk commercial director, Mark Hall, said: “We’re seeing more and more electronic waste being inappropriately discarded. In fact, e-waste is currently the fastest growing type of waste that companies like ours handle.
“Nervous bosses are worried that their data could fall into the wrong hands if it is sent for recycling. Scares over identity theft and corporate crime mean that they’d rather completely destroy computer goods themselves rather than hand it to a third party to be disposed of correctly. We’ve stood by and watched as employees set about perfectly good but ageing equipment with hammers, and they shouldn’t have to waste these resources.
“Companies shouldn’t have to waste money, energy and resources disposing of their electronic waste incorrectly.”