Below is a recap of this week’s blog posts including a battery safety campaign being launched by ISRI and South Carolina, how businesses struggle with proper IT asset disposition, a viable approach to carbon offset credits through the redeployment of IT assets, and best practices for safety in the e-waste industry.
ISRI and the state of South Carolina have partnered to launch a safe battery recycling public education campaign, Take Charge: Be Battery Smart. In a joint effort between ISRI and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and support from several other organizations, the campaign is designed to increase the public’s understanding of the health and environmental benefits of safely recycling household batteries.
The ITAD industry has grown and evolved throughout the years, adjusting to every new client request as their needs become more sophisticated. IT asset disposition has expanded from essential disposition services to audit reports, updated certifications, online customer portal integration, on-site services, reverse logistics, and more. ITAD has evolved to meet the clients’ needs, but now it seems that ITAD providers may have surpassed the knowledge of clients.
One of the promising methods for businesses seeking ways to reduce their carbon footprints that is gaining traction is the redeployment of IT assets. By extending the lifespan of IT equipment, we can significantly mitigate the environmental impacts associated with the production, transportation, and disposal of electronic waste. More importantly, this practice can contribute to a company’s goal of carbon neutrality by serving as a valuable component of carbon offset credits.
According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, work-related injuries in the recycling industry were high in 2022. It’s not surprising, considering workers encounter hazards in electronic waste recycling that cause serious injuries, hearing loss, and expose workers to harmful dust and toxic compounds. These hazards are capable of causing severe and permanent illness and can form without the individual’s knowledge. Therefore, it is always a good idea for employers to provide a safe and healthy workplace by recognizing hazardous materials and setting safety measures in place.