After having to pay a $22.5 million settlement in 2011 for improper e-waste disposal, US-based supermarket chain Target have had to pay a further $7.4 million for unsuitable disposal methods for handling e-waste.

Between 2012 and 2016, Target reportedly discarded 2,038 items of hazardous electronic waste, as well as medical waste ranging from syringes to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, and customers’ confidential medical information, by throwing them in general waste. This breaches state e-waste laws and puts their customers’ personal details and data at risk.

The actions of Target violate California’s Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003. Similarly to European Law’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, the Electronic Waste Recycling Act requires businesses dispose of electronic waste (such as computer screens, laptops, items that feature fluorescent cathode ray tubes, and much more) in a secure and environmentally-conscious manner.

The WEEE Act 2003 sets collection, recycling and recovery targets and guidelines for all forms of electrical goods. WEEE compliance failure can result in facing considerable fines, as well as impacting a business’ reputation and industry standing. After becoming law in February of 2003, WEEE has underseen small revisions in 2006 and 2009.

In 2019, make the decision to protect your business from sanctions and reputational damage by using an ADISA accredited, WEEE and GDPR compliant IT asset disposal service provider, such as Tier 1. Get in touch today to find out how we can help your business.

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