We all know that individuals and companies need to make more efforts to be eco-friendly. Whereas there are very few rules for individuals, there are many for businesses. No matter where you are in the US, your facility most likely needs to comply with environmental regulations.
What does environmental compliance mean?
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, environmental compliance is “a situation in which a company or organization is obeying all the laws relating to the environment.”
Seems pretty easy, right? It works like any other regulations. If your company does everything that is required, it will stay out of trouble. But the environment is not always your company’s first priority, and some tend to forget about being compliant.
Who make the rules?
Regulations are mandated and enforced by city, county, state, or federal environmental agencies. The most important agency is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that was created in 1970.
EPA is an important agency for almost every company that generates, transports, treats, stores, or disposes of hazardous waste, emits contaminants to the air, or discharges pollutants to the water. So your business most has to be aware of the rules that may apply to it.
What are the rules for e-waste management?
It depends on the location and the size of your company.
If you’re in a small company in a rural location, there are probably just a few regulations to adhere to. Maybe even only state regulations. In that case, being in compliance is pretty easy. But, if you’re located in a major city, you might have regulations from the town, county, state, and/or federal government to adhere to. And that might be harder to deal with. But certified recycling companies like ICT, can help you in the compliance process.
For the purpose of this blog article, we will focus on e-scrap management.
Recommendations from EPA for your e-waste
Reusing and donating electronics
Preventing waste in the first place is preferable to any waste management option, including recycling. Donating used (but still operating) electronics for reuse extends the lives of valuable products and keeps them out of the waste stream for a longer period of time.
If donation for reuse or repair is not a viable option, households and business can send their used electronics for recycling.
Environmentally responsible electronics use involves not only proper end-of-life disposition of obsolete equipment, but also purchasing new equipment that has been designed with environmentally preferable attributes.
Why is environmental compliance important to your company?
First of all, if you don’t like paying fines, you should probably consider being compliant, because they will find you and make you pay.
But most importantly, being compliant is extremely important for our planet and it will give a very positive image to your company. Being green is very trendy. Potential customers who have a choice between a compliant facility and one that doesn’t care, will 90% of the time choose the compliant one. That’s called a win-win! You get more clients, and the environment suffers a little less.
Read more about environmental compliance: Is Your Company Throwing Out Old Electronics? Check Out the Compliance Risk
For environmental compliance solutions for your old IT equipment, visit ictcompliance.com and use the live chat for any questions.
At ICT, transparency is key. Every technological device is processed by R2 certified staff in the ICT facility in the Boston area. ICT knows how important trust is and values its relationships with its customers. ICT cares about preserving our planet and helps companies all over the country to recycle E-Waste and protect their data.
Author Bio: Audrey Adam is the marketing manager at ICT. She has a background in journalism and blog writing.