It's a headache every business hopes to avoid: a room full of excess electronic components - old servers, switches, maybe even some Windows XP computers. Most companies just don't have enough office space to store these obsolete electronic components. Many companies don't even need these parts anymore. So what do you do with these excess electronics? Feed them into a dumpster? It sounds convenient, but the improper disposal of obsolete electronics can have far-reaching consequences.Below are the three worst things that can happen when disposing surplus electronic components:
- Damage to the Environment: Technotrash usually ends up in landfills, leeching hazardous substances into the soil, poisoning the groundwater, and harming the environment. Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Lead, Mercury, and Selenium are just a few of the culprits lurking behind that flatscreen.
- Hefty Fines and Prison Time: Electronics liquidation must be in accord with EPA guidelines. Companies need to follow EPA disposal guidelines to properly dispose of surplus electronic components.
- Data Breaches: Recent legislation holds companies accountable for violating customer protection and privacy rules, especially in the healthcare industry. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act allows fines up to $250,000 and 10 years in prison for each violation of patient health information.
- First, remove and wipe every hard drive or send them to an authorized data destruction center.
- Second, repurpose what you have. Large volumes of used equipment can be repurposed by EarthTron to repair shops and other end users who require legacy equipment for their networks. In many cases, the value of the product will cover the shipping and handling charges.
EarthTron LLC was added to Inc. 5000's list of fastest growing companies for 2012.