WEEE compliance: Redefining e-waste-management

Waste of electrical and electronic equipment, (WEEE compliance) is becoming a very important factor in today’s world, especially the wastes related to IT equipment such as servers, storage, networking and other IT hardware, which is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU and other parts of the world. According to a recent report around 40 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste is generated worldwide each year. Due to forced upgrades and lack of support for the existing hardware from the service providers millions of computers and IT hardware are being dumped, leaving behind lead, cadmium, mercury and other hazardous wastes, in addition to increasing the carbon footprint each year.

According to the Global E-waste Monitor report 2017, in 2016, 44.7 million metric tons of e-waste were generated, which is equivalent to 4500 Eiffel towers. WEEE is a mind-boggling blend of materials and unsafe substances, and if not legitimately disposed, can bring about major natural and well being issues. In addition, the creation of advanced hardware requires the utilization of rare and costly assets (e.g. around 10% of aggregate gold worldwide is utilized for their creation). In order to enhance the natural administration of WEEE, and to add to the circular economy,it is important to optimize asset productivity and enhance the process of collection, the processing and reuse of IT hardware.

To address these issues two regulations have been set up: The Directive on waste electrical and electronic gear (WEEE Directive) and the Directive on the confinement of the utilization of certain dangerous substances in electrical and electronic hardware (RoHS Directive)

The point here is why do companies need to replace their existing hardware if its stable and can still be used without any problems? Reports suggest that service providers are using a business strategy called planned obsolescence, a method used for decreasing product lifespans, or making new generation products to sell the so called “new and improved” product versions.

There is good news for the companies now. Evernex ensures that your organization maintains support coverage even after your IT hardware has gone past the planned end-of-life and end-of-support dates. The overall objective, of course, is to maximize every dollar by only purchasing what is needed and paying attention to the purchase of assets that deliver the greatest ROI.

If there is genuine need for upgrade due to increase in demand or change in the operational plans to accommodate the growth of the company then Evernex can assist the companies with the upgrade keeping in mind cost savings and feasibility.

At this stage companies seeking to dispose their out of use hardware,then can get in touch with the experts at Evernex. Evernex is a single point of contact and has a track record of providing IT recycling solutions and IT support services all under one roof.

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