While few teams have the time to become full experts in the realm of San Francisco e-waste risk management, getting up to speed on the basics isn’t difficult with the right guidance. To help you and your team get off to a strong start, our team has prepared these professional tips for San Francisco e-waste risk management that can help you get the most from your efforts.
Tip 1: Start with covering environmental protection liability
When it comes to e-waste risk management, the most obvious place to start is the risk of environmental protection liability. Most teams these days realize that electronics, batteries, and other forms of e-waste contain hazardous chemicals and metals that can damage the environment and threaten our communities when not recycled properly. However, the potential dangers of e-waste have also resulted in a wide range of local, state and federal regulations around proper e-waste disposal and waste disposal in general. We know that keeping up on all of the laws and regulations as they change over time is a daunting task for most teams, which is why many of our customers turn to us as the experts in this field to help them reduce the liability of environmental protection concerns.
Tip 2: Data destruction is an often-overlooked liability
Another major area of risk related to e-waste is liability around data exposures. Many teams think about recycling and environmental protection when considering e-waste risk, but many electronics like computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and other devices very often contain sensitive data which can be a liability if not destroyed properly. Many organizations put themselves at a huge risk if data like customer information, employee data, private emails and attachments, medical records, or other private data are unwittingly exposed. While many teams keep hacking at the forefront of their mind, not properly sanitizing data contained on e-waste while disposing of it can be just as damaging. This is why many of our customers choose us for their e-waste recycling needs, because we’re also experts in data destruction and can help reduce the potential liability of data exposure for our customers.
Tip 3: Consider IT asset disposition if your inventory warrants it
For large enough sets of e-waste that has enough value in it, IT asset disposition can also help offset liability by generating returns through sale of used electronics and other e-waste. For example, if your team has computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, servers, routers, and other IT equipment, in many cases it can be refurbished and remarketed with a percentage of proceeds being returned to your team. This is yet another area where we help our customers offset risk, by helping to produce returns.
Tip 4: Working with a well-qualified professional vendor is usually more efficient
While it may be tempting to try to handle your e-waste risk management needs internally, for many teams this simply opens of more gaps in coverage and increases the risk of e-waste not being processed correctly. Instead, working with a well-qualified vendor like our team at NC Computer Recycling is usually the best choice, as we specialize in keeping up to date with environmental laws, data destruction best practices, and have an established process for IT asset disposition. Trying to establish processes for all of these aspects of e-waste risk management and maintaining those processes over time is usually too inefficient for most teams to take on internally.
Tip 5: Don’t lose momentum, act quickly
One of the other so-called hidden risks in e-waste risk management is inaction. Inaction simply means that e-waste risks and liabilities are prolonged and have more opportunity to occur. For example, an old laptop laying around with private data can easily be stolen. Old batteries can become exposed to heat and leak corrosive chemicals. No matter what the risk is, leaving the e-waste unaddressed leaves your team exposed to risk unnecessarily. Rather than delay, give us a call or send us an email to get your plan kicked off with our professional guidance.