Discard Old PC Not “PC”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, nearly 250 million computers will become obsolete in the next five years. Unfortunately, less than 20 percent of retired PCs in the US are recycled almost every year, instead of creating what is called “electronic waste”.

To help reverse this trend, the US government recently passed laws that impose penalties and fines on companies that do not practice the disposal of environmentally friendly IT. According to a survey conducted by HP, most companies – especially small and medium businesses (SMB) – underestimate the security, financial and environmental impacts of disposal equipment technology. Key findings include:

• 70 percent of respondents underestimate the cost of disposing of a PC;

• 66 percent of executives with purchasing authorities are not aware of the financial implications of ignoring environmental regulations when disposing of IT equipment; and

• The biggest concern related to disposal of IT equipment is data security and privacy.

So, what is the “politically correct” way to get rid of old technological equipment? IT leaders like HP are increasing their commitment to real-world solutions that help customers achieve environmental responsibility, while also helping them get better IT investment returns.

E-Cycling computers and their components can be used to build new computers. HP helped its customers recycle more than 140 million pounds of hardware and print cartridges last year – the equivalent of 280 jumbo planes! More and more retailers also offer recycled products, which help keep them away from landfills and other landfills.

Leasing is another way for companies to mitigate the risks associated with acquiring IT assets, because the lessor bears responsibility for proper disposal of equipment at the end of its useful life. Leasing protects customers from fines and consequences related to violations of environmental regulations, as well as from violations of data security and personal privacy laws. Likewise, older systems can be exchanged for new machine price discounts through programs such as HP’s “Ditch Your Dinosaur,” which offers a $ 100 discount when customers trade obsolete computers.

Donating computers to charities in need is a positive choice to consider. Like older cars, they can be used as effective tax removers for businesses, while benefiting valuable organizations. For example, HP and many others work with the National Cristina Foundation. This organization helps people with disabilities, at-risk students and economically disadvantaged people live more independent and productive lives by providing technology and computer training.