Facts about IT equipment disposal

Key facts about IT equipment disposal

Key facts about data erasure and IT asset disposal. Unwanted or surplus PCs, Macs, laptops, printers, networking, communications and telecoms equipment and other electronic devices collectively are known as e-waste.

IT equipment disposal - a growing problem

  • In the UK, disposal of e-waste is governed by the Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2013.
  • In 2014, the total world-wide weight of e-waste was 41.8 million tons. A UN survey from January 2019 increased this figure to 50 million tons of e-waste. At current levels the UN predict that e-waste will reach 120 million tonnes per year by 2050.
  • This mountain of e-waste generated globally is increasing at a rate of two million tons a year.
  • According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), e-waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the UK.

The need for more efficient IT asset management

  • Less than 20% of e-waste is being recycled or reused.
  • This means that an estimated £34bn in potentially recyclable materials is being lost each year, including £7bn in gold.
  • Each person in Britain generates 23.5kg of e-waste each year, the fifth highest amount in the world.
  • In the UK, only 35 per cent  of e-waste by weight is currently being recycled through recognised schemes (Department for Business). The target for 2019 is 85%!
  • Much e-waste contains potentially harmful materials such as cadmium, beryllium and mercury. A single computer can contain up to 2kg of lead.

How we can help

If you aren’t completely certain how your unwanted hardware is being recycled, reused or disposed of, or whether the valuable business information on it is totally secure, talk to us about better IT asset management. Call one of our experienced team on 01386 555008 or email info@ocmbiz.com. If you prefer, you can request a call-back at a time to suit you.