December 22, 2011

What's Ahead for Electronics Recycling

Last time, we talked about some of the impressive findings in the IDC‘s latest report. Today, we wanted to expand upon that and look at what the IDC predicts for the future of our industry.


As we approach the new year, the IDC predicts that data security will become an even bigger issues for both businesses and household consumers as they choose an electronics recycler. Data security is so important because many of our electronics such as computers, scanners, and printers store sensitive information on them that can potentially be exposed if left in the wrong hands. That’s why we at Vintage Tech use the onsite data security and software wiping program Blancco, which is the most certified erasure software in the industry, and is the only government approved erasure tool. If the software is not able to completely erase your files, we then physically destroy the data.


Another issue that the IDC foresees is the importance of proper certification for electronics recyclers. This is because there are very strict standards and procedures which recyclers must follow in order to fully and effectively recycle all of your electronics. Again, with Vintage Tech, this is nothing to worry about. We are both R2 and ISO 14001 certified, and we are currently contracted to become certified e-Stewards Recyclers as well.


Finally, last time we mentioned that household electronics consumers only make up about 25% of recycled electronics. Yet, consumers make up the majority of the market for new electronics. This number is expected to change drastically, thanks to environmental laws like the new Illinois State Law SB2106 (P.A. 97-0287), which will drastically limit the kinds of electronics that can be thrown out with regular waste and sent to landfills. This law will apply to both businesses and consumers, and will be strictly enforced starting January 1, 2012. In fact, violations of this law are said to carry a $7,000 fine.


And while the Illinois Electronics Recycling Law will help many consumers do their part, there are still many states where restrictions like these are not legally in place yet. For this, the IDC suggests incentive programs as a possible solution to boost electronics recycling.


What do you think? Should there be some sort of incentive in place for responsible recyclers?  Respond with your thoughts using the comment button at the top of this post!