IT Asset Disposition and CO2 Avoidance

By James Drohan

E-waste is the fastest growing stream of waste across the world currently. Whether you’re moving to the cloud, refreshing your entire environment or consolidating your tech, simply disposing your current IT assets as waste should never be an option. Retired hardware can often be made workable again through the efforts of ITAD organizations that are skilled in refurbishing old IT equipment. By refurbishing your old IT assets, you’re not only getting value recovery, but are also contributing in the reduction of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere.

Understanding the Problem

The last decade has seen mankind cross new horizons and achieve a lot of innovation on the tech front. But, amidst this innovation, we are also seeing a massive increase in the amount of tech waste across the globe.

As per an UN report, the world produces as much as 50 million tons of electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) a year, weighing more than all of the commercial airliners ever made. Only 20% of this is formally recycled. The United States alone generated over 11.7 million tons of IT waste during the year 2014. IT waste across the globe is also increasing, and research has predicted that the total IT waste across the globe would be more than 55 million tons for the year 2020 with a growth rate of 5 to 10 percent annually.

The increase in total IT wastes contributes negatively to the environment, as we see a noticeable increase in CO2 emissions across the globe. These CO2 emissions are extremely detrimental for our planet Earth and can contribute towards the impending threat of global warming.

This is where the conundrum lies. The innovation that we are experiencing in the tech around us attracts us to jump on the bandwagon and lead the wave of change. But, simultaneously we cannot dispose of our tech waste with irresponsibility and rashness that does not consider the environmental impact. What is required here is a rational solution that addresses the problem of tech feasibility and reduces the negative impact of CO2 emissions.

Where Does the Solution Lie?

The good thing about mankind has been our ability to think of solutions to all issues troubling us. The solution might not be economically viable, it might be at a nascent stage, but there is always a solution to problems concerning us.

Similarly, just like many other cases, there is also a solution to this issue of CO2 emissions. Companies looking to reduce their carbon footprint would be delighted to know that they can work with Lifespan to refurbish their old IT Assets and extend its life further. Rather than being disposed of, the refurbished tech would then be remarketed to other organizations, with the economic benefits reducing your cost of disposition.

Your IT technology and hardware is pronounced dead when it stops meeting your specific needs. However, with the right assistance from the right ITAD vendor, you can nip this problem in the bud and refurbish your IT equipment to generate economic gains from it.

You can be a part of the change, by simply not disposing of your old IT Assets, but by engaging an eco-friendly ITAD program and caring for the planet.

Every business enterprise benefits from implementing a formal disposition plan for their surplus IT equipment that considers the positive environmental impact refurbishing and reuse.

About the Author

James Drohan, Vice President North America Lifespan International Inc.

James (Jim) Drohan is an acknowledged authority on IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) services as well as the surplus and refurbished IT marketplace.