As technology evolves at a break-neck pace, it can seem impossible to keep up with every new piece of equipment. Our insatiable need for faster, more efficient connections and instant streaming means tons of outdated electronics end up in landfills, where they pollute the surrounding environment.
When people envision this e-waste, they usually think first of electronics like televisions, cell phones, tablets, and laptops. While those items are certainly included, they’re only the tip of the iceberg. Waste electronics can also mean everything from your massive office copier to the dedicated GPS devices in your vehicle fleet. That’s a lot of devices. But out of all the e-waste in the world, only 12.5% of electronics are properly recycled, making it safe to say that the global population has a massive e-waste issue.
One of the fastest-growing yet overlooked arenas of e-waste is telecommunications recycling, leaving an avalanche of devices waiting to be addressed.
The most classic examples of telecommunication devices are landline telephones. Before the internet took the world by storm, telephones were considered revolutionary technology. They even made board games about them.
However, these technologies are now outdated and largely unnecessary by today’s standards. Although certain offices may still use landline phones — or, strange as it seems, fax machines — wireless technology has largely eradicated the need for these products.
Of course, the modern advancement of telecom technology brings its own host of devices that require maintenance, repair, and eventually, disposal. And this surplus isn’t just comprised of personal devices. Yes, with new iterations of phones, tablets, and other telecom solutions appearing every year, many such devices are reaching the corporate chopping block to be replaced with newer versions. But offices must also contend with the need to upgrade and replace less obvious telecommunication must-haves, such as modems and cable boxes.
So, how can your business handle this mounting tide of unused telecommunication equipment? Of course, you shouldn’t just toss e-waste in the dumpster and risk being labeled an accessory to the global trash problem. That looks bad for your public reputation and, with the amount of data stored on modern telecom devices, leaves you vulnerable to a data breach. But neither do you want to allocate your company’s funds toward maintaining outdated equipment.
Instead, consider recycling your old telecommunication devices. When you’re ready to recycle your unused electronics, protect the environment, your public image, and your company’s data by working with certified electronic recyclers who can ensure that your devices are wiped clean of data and dispose of your equipment properly.
Protect your organization’s sensitive data and transition seamlessly into new telecom suites by committing your old devices to the most reliable recycling services available. First America Metal Corp. (FAMCe) has over 30 years of experience helping businesses safely and responsibly recycle their outdated devices. Our high level of expertise and exceptional customer service have built our reputation as an industry leader, and we are committed to exceeding each client’s needs and expectations.
When it’s time to get rid of your telecom electronics — from iPhones to modems — choose a partner you can rely on. Contact FAMCe today for e-waste disposal that’s ethical and secure.