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Employee e-scrap Information

Why should you worry about your company's e-scrap?

E-scrap is unwanted electronic products and equipment including computers, cell phones, televisions and other consumer electronics.

New advances in technology are happening rapidly and, to stay competitive, businesses are constantly upgrading to new equipment and therefore storing or discarding their old products. It is important for businesses to have procedures in place to ensure that all end-of-life electronics are properly managed.

Electronic components often contain a variety of heavy metals and other substances known to pose hazards to human and environmental health when disposed of improperly, especially many older models of computer and television monitors. Monitors containing cathode ray tubes contain high amounts of lead. Other potentially hazardous materials include cadmium, mercury, antimony and arsenic.

And there are also materials that should be recovered and recycled like glass from the monitor, precious metals from the motherboard and plastics from the cases.

When your old electronic products are not properly managed – disposed appropriately, reused or recycled – their hazardous properties may leach and contaminate the soil and groundwater.

What can employees do?

  • Be conscious – ask your company what they do with old or non-working electronic equipment.
  • Be proactive – express your interest to recycle and request that old electronics be properly managed.

What can your company do?

  • Create a written procedure for proper end-of-life management of e-scrap.
  • Reuse, donate, or sell old, working electronics to charities or employees.
  • Recycle non-working or broken electronics.
  • Properly dispose of broken electronics.
  • Educate employees on the proper end-of-life management of electronics.