Below is a recap of this week’s blog posts including how device reuse can help protect the environment, what kinds of e-waste are often disposed of improperly, how improper IT asset disposition can harm the environment and lead to chemical fires, and the do’s and don’ts of old phone chargers and other e-waste.
Device reuse plays a key role in a circular economy, providing an alternative purchasing channel to new devices and helping to protect the environment. Keeping IT assets up to date can become costly over time, especially when new models are released each year. IT asset disposition provides a second chance for some electronics through device reuse, which is increasingly preferable to purchasing new devices.
Electronic waste is a problem. Though many businesses are increasingly more environmentally aware and implementing sustainability goals and policies, a significant portion of e-waste is still disposed of improperly, especially those classified as invisible or not recognized by users as e-waste.
This year’s annual E-Waste Day took place over the weekend, a global initiative to recycle electronic household waste no longer in use, such as e-scooters, e-bikes, laptops, old smartphones, tablets, smoke detectors, and loose cables,, but responsible IT asset disposition doesn’t have to be restricted to a single day. ITAD facilities such as HOBI collect retired IT hardware year-round to ensure they are disposed of properly via electronics recycling.
Smartphones are an essential part of most people’s daily lives. With most people replacing their smartphones as often as every three to four years, older models rapidly become outdated. As electronic devices are frequently changing and advancing, upgrades don’t just mean getting new devices but also purchasing new cables and chargers suitable for the latest device model.