Electronic waste (e-waste) is classed as electronic items that have reached the end of their useful life, meaning they need to be disposed of, recycled or refurbished for reuse. E-waste falls most commonly into two categories, business and consumer items, though these have considerable grey-areas of intersection.
Business electronic waste includes items such as manufacturing equipment, commercial office printers and specialised electronic items such as laser-cutters or modified high-power computers. Other business e-waste items are also paper shredders, pagers and walkie-talkies.
Every company needs a clear, comprehensive e-waste disposal policy. This is both because improperly disposing of electronic waste is illegal and could compromise your data security.
Consumer e-waste also needs to be disposed of properly, and while it’s not essential to compose a disposal plan, knowing where and when you can securely dispose of your waste with compliant e-waste disposal bodies is important.
Consumer items that contribute to e-waste include fridges, televisions, mobile phones, washing machines, dishwashers, tumble dryers, microwaves, kettles and sound or entertainment systems.
Items such as laptops, computers, monitors, IT accessories (mice, keyboards, pen drives etc), hard drives, cables, and batteries lay within the intersection of consumer and business-specific e-waste, along with smaller office appliances such as printers which are commonly seen in domestic settings or small businesses.
If you’re looking to dispose of your end-of-life electronic products, make sure you opt for an accredited handler. For consumer electronics, consult your local council or WEEE body’s website, for IT items (especially for businesses and organisations) find an ADISA accredited IT handler, such as Tier 1. We are proud to hold the highest level of ADISA certification and we are a Blancco Gold partner which means we can guarantee your data security.