Cheaper E-Waste Recycling Services Can Incur Big Costs

By: In: Data Management On: Oct 22, 2015
Cheaper E-Waste Recycling Services Can Incur Big Costs

Just because your organization has invested in e-waste recycling services, it doesn’t mean that you’re getting the most for your money. Some low cost services have proven particularly dodgy, as last week’s revelation around a global recycling firm proves. The company confessed to dumping and burying televisions and other e-waste in a large hole behind its warehouse. The company had promised customers it would recycle the electronics according to environmental standards, but it seems to have chosen a cheaper, environmentally irresponsible alternative. The company withdrew from the e-Stewards certification program earlier this year.

In another example from late 2014, the Basel Action Network (BAN) uncovered that an e-waste recycling operation in Georgia, , was using an operator to smash hazardous electronic glass and send it to a landfill that wasn’t certified for hazardous e-waste. It was only after the company sought to become certified to another standard, the rigorous e-Stewards Standard administered by BAN, that suspicions were raised about the company’s online sales of broken equipment, a clear violation of e-Stewards. Prior to that time, the firm successfully secured several government and university asset disposal contracts.

Hiding e-waste in places it doesn’t belong is an all too common phenomenon. By taking shortcuts, companies that offer untrustworthy e-waste recycling services are putting current and future generations at risk.

That’s where the e-Stewards program comes in. The e-Stewards program provides the needed transparency, due diligence and performance requirements to ensure safe and ethical recycling. And, with respected companies such as Iron Mountain on your side, you can know that your assets are secure. Iron Mountain is an e-Stewards Enterprise, so you’ll know that your assets won’t end up anywhere they shouldn’t.

For more information around how to choose an e-waste recycling vendor you can trust, download a free copy of our eBook: Media and IT Asset Disposition: Your Guide to Selecting a Vendor.

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John Sharpe

John Sharpe is Director of Product Management for Iron Mountain’s Data Management business. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for backup, disaster recovery, and archiving. Creating new offerings that will allow our customers to extract more value from their media, whether new or archival, is central to Mr. Sharpe’s work. His primary overall objective is to ensure that Iron Mountain is a trusted information partner for our customers – and much more than a storage vendor. Mr. Sharpe has over 15 years of experience in engineering, corporate strategy, and product management. He holds a BA in computer science from Boston College and an MBA in finance from Yale.