Exploring the limitations of E-waste recycling for businesses

Exploring the limitations of E-waste recycling for businesses

More than 50 million tonnes of e-waste is created around the globe, every year. Businesses need to be conscious of how they dispose of outdated electronics.

Computers, laptops, printers, and mobile phones are used in offices daily. Their lifespan Is limited especially with how fast new tech is developed. This leaves companies with high amounts of e-waste, and it’s not just as simple as sending them to be recycled. Some limitations must be contended with. Decision-makers need to learn what they’re up against to make changes.


It's not always cheap to recycle

The cost of recycling electronics can put businesses off, especially smaller organisations.  Due to the complex components in modern devices, it’s not cheap. Only about 20% of global e-waste is collected and recycled. The vast majority will sadly still end up in landfill.

But, organisations shouldn’t cut corners when it comes to recycling. Only a reputable company will deal with data properly, removing the risks of data breaches. In the long run, this could save money, by avoiding costly GDPR fines.


A lack of education

Companies must get a grasp on the awareness and education of e-waste management. Electronic devices are laden with harmful chemicals and materials, which can end up in our water supply if not handled properly. The environment can suffer, but so can human health.

Ironically though, a computer monitor, for example, will only be considered hazardous waste once it’s reached the end of its life. Yet if it stays on a desk, it’s not considered hazardous.


Data must be removed

Data sanitation is an intricate process that every business needs to pay attention to when recycling things like laptops, printers, or anything else containing stored information. Rapid IT specialise in data destruction to prevent security breaches or cyber threats. Unfortunately, we too often see organisations unwilling to invest. Evidence shows that 42% of discarded hard drives still retain sensitive data, this is scarily high and can have consequences for businesses. This is putting many organisations at risk of cybercrime.


Implementable solutions


Partner with a reputable recycling company

Team up with a reputable IT recycling company. Your e-waste will be properly dealt with, and there’ll be no environmental risk. Hazardous materials will be kept out of landfill. Better still, using a single company can reduce carbon footprint. It doesn’t matter if it’s us or another trustworthy brand, it’ll give a piece of mind that things are being done properly.

It’s worth the investment, especially If you want to stay compliant with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) regulations. Loads of paperwork must be processed which takes a lot of time and resources. You get what you pay for!


Develop an in house e-waste recycling program

If there’s space and resources, an in-house recycling program for e-waste is a fantastic option. Organisations can lower their carbon footprint by doing things on-site. A company's reputation will grow for being environmentally conscious. Although the initial set-up may be expensive, re-using items will make it much more cost-effective in the long run.


Reduce e-waste output in the first place

This might seem obvious, but the best way to reduce e-waste is to keep electronics for as long as possible. See devices through to the end of their serviceable lifespan, and then look into recycling and reusing.



There’s so much electronic waste being generated, businesses need to focus on proper disposal. This is easier said than done with some limitations to e-waste recycling. There’s a high cost involved which some businesses just can’t afford to invest. Data security is also a concern, it might be worth handing everything over to a reputable company that destroys sensitive information.

At Rapid IT we’re a reputable IT recycling company that also offers so much more. We specialise in many services including asset disposal and data destruction, to ensure nothing sensitive ends up in the wrong hands. We’re also highly focused on ourselves and our clients contributing to the circular economy.

If you’d like to find out how we can help you dispose of your old e-waste, get in touch on sales@rapidit.co.ukor click here!