It is estimated that only 15-20% of all e-waste is recycled. With 49.8 million tons of e-waste expected in 2018 alone, businesses and individuals should be asking what they can do to help increase the rate of recycling. New technology is coming out every year and for companies that need the latest and greatest tech to serve clients a great deal of e-waste is created. Many individuals and business owners can easily find a few broken or retired computers, phones, or other electronics lying around. The problem with e-waste is that it cannot be thrown out like other trash. Recycling electronics helps to keep toxic waste out of landfills and provides benefits for your business and community. If your company is working towards meeting a green initiative and needs some extra motivation, below we look at five benefits of recycling your used IT equipment.
Recycling Creates Jobs
Someone has to collect the recycled equipment, sort it and ensure it gets to its final destination correctly. This requires people which requires jobs. An active recycling plan will help local and nationwide recycling companies by increasing the demand for their services. As they staff more people to meet demand more jobs will be open to qualified candidates. If you have a recycling plant in your town, you will be directly helping those people who live in your community.
Recycling Conserves Natural Resources
It is possible to take components from recycled equipment and create new products. Specifically, plastics and glass from computers and other electronics can be reused. By reusing these older components companies reduce the amount of new material that manufacturers must use when creating new products.
Recycling Supports Your Local Community
Part of this can circle back to point #1 and helping create jobs in your local community. Recycling can also help local schools, non-profit organizations or less-privileged individuals who cannot afford new equipment.
Recycling Could Generate Income
Just because equipment has reached the end of its useful life for your company doesn’t mean another organization cannot use it. The process of asset remarketing involves refurbishing old equipment, ensuring that data has been wiped, and reselling the product to another company. Many service providers exist around the United States and the world who specialize in assets of all kinds. If you have to get rid of an asset, you might as well make a few bucks to go towards the cost of your next purchase.
Recycling Leads to Innovation
This may not seem obvious at first, but recycling can inspire innovation. Companies are looking at how they can reduce waste, especially from packaging that is thrown away once the product is out of the box. Companies will continue to innovate to reduce their costs, which also help to reduce the waste that ends up in landfills. Businesses and individuals can also innovate as they view the waste that is generated and come up with unique ideas on recycling and reusing products.
When planning your green initiative or just thinking about how you can do your part to help the environment, be sure to think about these benefits of recycling. Ask your vendors how they do their part to help and inquire if they have a recycling program available.