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Solutions for the electronic waste that is now an environmental crisis.

Recycling and reusing obsolete electronic equipment are the preferred methods for handling eWaste.

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Approximately 1 billion pieces of computer equipment will become potential scrap by 2010.

Recycling and Reusing Electronic Equipment

Recycling and reusing obsolete electronic equipment are the preferred methods for handling eWaste. Tossing eWaste into the trash isn't a viable option. In fact, it is illegal in most states.

Standards of Responsibility for Handling Electronic Waste

The Association of Information Technology Professionals (“AITP”) announced that it has issued a formal set of Standards of Responsibility for Handling Electronic Waste ("eWaste") which it recommends be adopted by information technology organizations.

According to AITP President Mark Kleine, "Approximately 1 billion pieces of computer equipment will become potential scrap by 2010. Dealing with electronic waste is now an environmental crisis. The inappropriate handling of eWaste also exposes individuals and organizations to the loss of confidential and/or proprietary information."

AITP’s Legislative Affairs Committee developed these Standards in consultation with LifeSpan Technology Recycling, a leading provider of secure and environmentally compliant electronic recycling and data destruction services.

  1. Establish both environmental and privacy statements and goals regarding how they will commit to manage end-of-life electronics, as well as establish a written account of their management practices.

  2. Manage operations and downstream vendor/technology selections in accordance with a hierarchy of responsible management strategies for end-of-life electronics equipment.

  3. Maintain compliance with all applicable environmental, health, and safety legal requirements.

  4. Employ an IT asset retirement solution that will utilize their internal or their vendor’s Environmental, Health, and Safety Management System(s) (“EMS”) to ensure effective management of the environmental and health and safety impacts of their operations.

  5. Maintain documentation sufficient to demonstrate the management and material flow of the equipment, components, and materials that pass through their facilities.

  6. Utilize practices at their facilities that protect worker safety, public health, and the environment.

About AITP:

The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) is a national association dedicated to promoting and evolving the technical and business skills of the information technology professional, to fostering the profession of information technology, and providing leadership opportunities in the IT community. Established in 1951, AITP today is comprised of IT professionals, academicians, and university students in the Information Technology industry throughout the United States, Canada and in other countries around the world.

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