It’s one of the hard truths about electronic waste — due to our increasing dependence on mobile devices, tablets, and computers for our personal and professional lives, and the speed with which old models become obsolete and are replaced with new ones, ewaste continues to be the fastest-growing type of waste in the world. While many companies have made an effort to recycle their electronic waste responsibly, safely, and legally, many more still continue to deny the problem or choose not to invest in a sustainable future.
What are the risks and results of this continued denial? Let’s take a look.
Ewaste Builds Up — With Nowhere to Go
When you don’t have a plan for recycling electronic waste, you have two choices: you can take a serious legal risk by trying to secretly throw it out, or you can toss those old computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, and other outdated or unused electronics into an empty room and try to forget about it. Many companies do just that, and their closets, storage rooms, and even unused offices fill up with machines the employees can’t even turn on anymore. If that sounds like your business, you need to look into partnering with a company like Electronic Asset Recycling to dispose of your ewaste safely and legally, with just one phone call. Denying there’s a problem leads to less room for growth, new technology, or even employees.
The results? A cluttered, unproductive office full of old machines your staff has to maneuver around. They gather dust and the chaos looks unprofessional to customers and clients.
You Take a Chance — And Risk Serious Fines
Letting electronics pile up around your office is bad, but your other option is even worse — trying to just sneak it into the landfill on the sly. This is a serious problem, and in South Carolina the legislature has created some serious repercussions. Not only will companies caught dumping electronic waste illegally face time in court, they’ll also be responsible for any and all cleanup fees for the entire duration it takes DHEC to perform the cleanup operation. On top of that? Your business will be looking at fees of up to $10,000 a day. Dumping ewaste is illegal, and South Carolina wants to ensure that businesses within their borders do the right thing and keep toxic materials out of landfills.
The results? Court fees, cleanup fees, daily fines, and a serious blow to your company’s reputation when the story makes the news.
Pollution Worsens — Right Here At Home
A common way that unscrupulous “ewaste disposal” companies will get rid of those outdated electronics in order to technically comply with local and federal laws is simply to export it overseas, where it winds up in “ewaste graveyards” that are doing serious harm to less-developed nations. Many companies may turn a blind eye to this, thinking that out of sight equals out of mind. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. As laws are made to close the loopholes that allow these exports to take place, more and more ewaste disposal companies find themselves unable to afford the cost of exporting ewaste overseas — and some old electronics are finding their way into landfills and water supplies right here at home, where the breakdown of their components contains toxic materials like mercury, cadmium, and lead that are known to cause serious physical problems in people who ingest or even just come into contact with them.
The results? As ewaste denial leads to more and more of these electronic parts left to rot in landfills, people both across the globe and right at here at home will face an increasing chance of serious toxicity in their soil and groundwater.
When you choose to practice “ewaste denial” you are taking some serious risks, and we’ve laid out the results and how they could affect you and your business, both now and into the future. While none of this is good, there is some good news: more companies are recycling electronic waste now than ever before. There’s still room for improvement, though, and we’d love to help your business be one of the first to fully embrace ewaste recycling and the idea of sustainable technology. Interested in learning about how your ewaste problem can disappear with just one phone call? Let us walk you through it! Give us a call at (800) 746-1823 or contact us online for more details on how easy it is to partner with Ever Green Environmental.