Electronic waste (E-Waste or eWaste) is the term used to reference end of life electronic assets, whether they are no longer functioning, obsolete, or just not worth selling, donating, or reusing. Our lives have become consumed by electronics and digital devices. In the last decade the number of electronics we consume has exploded. Rapid changes in technology, changes in media types, falling prices, and planned obsolescense all contribute to our global eWaste problem. While there is no doubt that these devices have changed the way we live and in a lot of ways have made our lives better, they have also created a new, global environmental problem. With all of the attention clean energy has received over the last couple of years, we feel that eWaste is a large problem that gets overlooked.
Not only does eWaste contribute to our landfills, it also leaches very toxic and hazardous substances into the soil, groundwater, and air. According to MIT's Environment, Health & Safety office, eWaste contains as many as 38 different toxic or hazardous substances, including lead, mercury, cadmium, PCBs and arsenic. While most of these substances are harmful when consumed, they are also valuable and scarce materials that can be recycled and reused. In the United States alone, 70% of heavy metals in landfills comes from discarded electronics.
STG has partnered with leading local eWaste recyclers to help your company properly dispose of electronic devices. Just giving your eWaste to a recycler is not enough, you must also take precautions to protect your company's sensitive data as well as your employees' personal information from identify theft and other cybercrimes. We can help you ensure your data has been properly cleared from devices before recycling, or put you in contact with a recycler that offers these services.
STG is committed to green computing and helping preserve the environment wherever and however possible. Contact us today for help with recycling your eWaste.