A new report from Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA), a leading publisher of off-shelf market research, finds that the global market for electronics recycling will likely reach $34.5 billion (USD) by 2018 and the largest driver of that boom will be enforcement of strict government regulations regarding e-waste in both developed and developing nations. The increased rate of obsolescence in electronics, especially gadgets, is another key driver.

AnythingIT agrees with GIA that this huge potential growth in e-waste recycling poses two key problems: it’s either a huge potential economic windfall or a key environmental dilemma. We would say that, in fact, it’s both.

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Electronics recycling is not as complicated as many outside of the industry may believe. For the small business, it’s a necessary task, but is not difficult to create protocols for and put into place.

The first step is to acknowledge that you need to recycle or properly dispose of e-waste, identify what your business owns that would be considered e-waste, and chart the replacement cycles of your major electronics inventories.

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Here at AnythingIT, we are often contacted by people who want to recycle their computers or other electronic gadgets.¬†Since we as a company don’t deal at the consumer level, but rather at a corporate and governmental level, we do not normally take items directly from individuals.¬† Having been involved with many events where the public does drop off unwanted electronics, though, and since we field phone calls and emails from people wishing to recycle their computers and electronics, it seems prudent to show you where you can recycle your household electronics easily.

This is our basic, standard response to queries about recycling at the consumer level.

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