Unfortunately, though, making sure all electronics equipment is properly disposed of is something that merits a lot of concern. Breaking environmental laws, for example, can lead to civil penalties and, in some cases, criminal prosecution. Security risks for which admins can be liable are vast, yet many enterprises are unaware of what is at stake. Most executives in large US firms, for example, are unaware of the risks involved with not heeding environmental laws and the costs of proper electronics disposal, according to a survey by HP Financial Services, the leasing and financial services subsidiary of HP.
Then there are the environmental concerns of tape and electronics waste disposal. According to US EPA statics, about 235 million units of electronics products sold between 1980 and 2007 had accumulated in storage as of 2007. Electronics recycling is starting to have an effect on eliminating the amount of the waste that ends up in landfills now that several states have passed legislation mandating recycling. But while the percentage of electronics recycling is increasing, the EPA says, the recycling rate only increased to 18% from 2006 to 2007.
Source: Processor.com. 09/26/2008