Below is a recap of this week’s blog posts including details concerning the closing of the years-long Closed Loop case, how to achieve e-waste management from home, tips on how to keep your electronics warm as it gets a little colder, and celebrating E-Waste Day with proper IT asset disposition.
In 2016, Closed Loop Refining and Recovery closed up shop and left about 151 million pounds of CRT material in their wake. This resulted in a legal debate over who was responsible for cleaning up the abandoned material, as well as who would fund the process. Complaints were filed in 2017, 2019 and again in August 2020 targeting first e-scrap companies then OEMs.
In this digital age, nearly everyone works from home or uses IT equipment at the office. Many people working from home prefer to use their personal devices including laptops, tablets, smartphones and computers. Using personal devices for work means keeping them updated and may also mean upgrading every year or two. Electronics may start to pile up, and if not properly disposed could harm the environment. For this reason, it’s important to take care of your electronics and manage the e-waste you create at home as well as at the office.
It’s fall, and the weather is changing. No matter where you are, proper IT asset storage is crucial to the functionality of your equipment. Electronics are sensitive to temperature and will malfunction if they overheat or get too cold. During any season, it’s never a good idea to leave electronics outside or in a car for an extended amount of time. Now that it’s getting a little chilly when the sun goes down, it’s important to know how to keep your IT equipment safe from the weather.
Tomorrow is E-Waste Day 2022, a day dedicated to raising awareness and activities focusing on the reduction of electronic waste. The tradition began in 2018 and continues to be an influential event. However, many people are still unaware of the potential dangers of e-waste, and how to dispose of it properly.