Moore’s Law indicated that the growth of computer’s speed and power will double every 2 years. This was stated by Gordon Moore, a founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel in 1965. This causes the upsurge of digital electronics and the advent of large PC and IT industries like Apple and Cisco. It all sounds good, but the by-product of this hi-tech industrial swell is e-waste— a very hazardous environmental concern.
To increase the performance of the semiconductor parts of PC and mobile devices, different metallic elements were used. Metals like gold, lead, chromium, beryllium, and cadmium are all parts of a conventional motherboard. These elements may be in miniscule amounts in a single computer. But, if computers and mobile device are discarded and not disposed of properly, each unit will eventually accumulate in waste dumps, allowing these harmful components to seep through the earth where it is dumped. This creates an ecological disaster that are perilous to human. Metals like this is very harmful to living things. They can cause long-term sickness, like DNA deformation which can be inherited to the next generation, various types of cancers, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease to name a few. Many individuals who work in or near the dump sites either has one or more diseases that are associated with this problem.
Today, most of these dumpsites are located in the 3rd world countries like China, India, Nigeria, Ghana, and the Philippines. Advance countries dump their e-waste to this dumpsites, either being sold or as recyclable or used products. The problem is that most of these countries have less than adequate recycling facilities to address their own e-waste, much less, the e-waste of other advanced countries.
Advantages of IT asset disposition
To address this issue, environmental-minded person in the US create e-waste companies to handle e-waste products. These recycling companies focus on IT asset disposition. It’s a safe and secured data destruction and e-waste recycling. They may provide pickup or drop off point for easy collection. They do outreach program to communities to teach people the hazard of improper e-waste management. They make sure of a transparent disposal of this item and they are held accountable to the impact of their action to the environment. Companies like this are socially responsible and many people see these companies as a way to mitigate the effect of climate change.
In return, this business is quite profitable. Items that can be refurbished and re-sold to different marketplace can generate additional income. Raw materials recovered from un-reusable item can be sold and reused to create new IT products. Secured and transparent hard drive and storage devices data purging are quite a demand to security sensitive companies. They can rake in additional income for e-waste recycling companies that provide this value added service, not to mention the payment gain from disposing this e-waste from companies that are complying with environmental laws being implemented in the US and some countries in Europe. All it takes are a technical know-how, love of the environment and perseverance. This is a lucrative business indeed.