The rapid pace of technological advances, mean that electronic devices quickly become obsolete. These obsolete, or broken electronic devices are commonly referred to as e-waste. E-waste includes appliances like fridges, microwaves and televisions, as well as printers, copiers, mobiles phones and computers.
What many people may not realise is that the correct disposal of e-waste is important because of the harmful chemicals that may be present and potential harm they can cause to our health. In fact, just under 30% of SMEs are not disposing of obsolete printers and copiers correctly. A recent study by Fuji Xerox Printers and CoreData looked at the office printing habits of 1000 SMEs, this study revealed that, *17.9% of SMEs are still disposing of obsolete printers and copiers through general waste, and *10.8% do not dispose of them at all.
The purpose of this article is to educate SMEs on the very real dangers of incorrectly disposing of e-waste, and to provide solutions on how to easily clean up and dispose of obsolete or broken electronic devices that are taking up valuable space in your office.
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