Next week, a new law in North Carolina will make it illegal to send electronic waste to the landfill. The law, passed by the state’s General Assembly earlier this year, prohibits the disposal of computer equipment at the landfill and will affect all residents and businesses in the state. So North Carolina joins several other states around the country that have made similar laws.

The move is seen as a boon to the growing recycling industry in the state and showcases yet another reason that businesses need to have action plans in place for electronics disposal. E-waste is a big issue in today’s electronic age and many businesses aren’t dealing with it. Just hoping it will go away is not much of a strategy. Especially as more and more governments are banning dumping.

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Recently, an article on ZDNet tackled the issue of e-waste (or e-scrap) and concluded that most companies have no financial incentive to conduct recycling of e-waste because it just costs too much to be a winner on the corporate bottom line.

As a company that works with numerous other companies that are responsibly disposing of their e-waste through us, AnythingIT can give a strong rebuttal to that conclusion based on experience. Yes, it costs money to hire a company like us to take care of your electronic waste and disposal. That money, however, is considered by our clients to be an expense that is part of their normal business operations – just like toner for their printers, benefits payments for their employees, and gasoline for their fleets. They have e-waste and it must be taken care of responsibly, so they hire AnythingIT to do it for them.

An unnecessary expense that can be avoided? Possibly, if you have a loose definition of “unnecessary” and are merely interested in padding your bottom line without regard for future ramifications.

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Most of us have experienced this by now: you enter a store, select a new phone, MP3 player, or other gadget and go to the counter to purchase it. Then the litany of add-on services begins. From extended warranties to service plans, the list (and costs) are never ending. The newest of these is the “buy back” program.

These programs usually work by offering to purchase the item back from you for “up to” 50% of its retail price when you decide to sell or trade it in on an upgrade or a new gadget. Anyone who’s opted to accept this apparently too good to be true offer has found out that it probably is too good to be true.

The ream of paper that comprises the legal contract that goes with these buy back programs is your first sign that they aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Every major electronics retailer is in on this scheme, it seems. You pay a fee (usually a small percentage of the gadget’s cost) and in return, the retailer promises to take the item back at a percentage of its price when you trade it in for a newer gadget.

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A responsible and clear information technology disposal policy is an important part of any business. Many businesses, because they can no longer legally throw their old computer equipment into the bin to go to the landfill, end up stockpiling outdated and useless hardware instead.

There are two reasons that this is a bad idea. First, it wastes valuable space that could be used for something a lot more important to your business’ core needs. Secondly, it only makes matters worse when the time comes for you to finally get rid of that stuff ñ it can’t just pile up forever. Things get even worse if the decommissioned equipment is stored outdoors.

Finally, not having a clear IT disposal policy means that you risk running afoul of the various laws and regulations (not to mention potentially negative PR) that comes with having unclear policies for employees to follow. Improper disposal can mean legal problems, fines, and more.

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