While it might come as a surprise to many, today’s educators are well acquainted with the e-Waste — mostly because schools have been generating more and more of it every year.
While computers were once rarely used in the classroom (or were confined to the computer lab or library), now almost every schoolroom in the United States has a computer, tablet, or other smart device available for children to use as part of the learning process.
Many schools provide laptops or tablets for students, helping them to learn, research, and understand the impact of advancing technology on their daily lives.
But one unavoidable lesson from classroom electronics is that they become obsolete on a regular basis. As new devices come in, older machines and peripherals are retired to pile up in storage. Aging projectors, terminals, servers, and other electronics that are no longer in use get consigned to closets and storage rooms, buried among the school supplies. They are often forgotten about… until that storage space overflows or is needed for something else.
According to an article on the website Statista.com, eWaste is “the fastest growing waste stream worldwide,” with over 57 million metric tons of e-Waste generated in 2021 and a projected 74.7 million metric tons by 2030.
Much of this e-Waste simply ends up in a landfill if not properly disposed of.
What happens to your school’s eWaste?
It’s not just a question of where old equipment ends up and how that impacts the environment, schools have become the new target for data thieves as well. Hackers look for personally identifiable information to help them build false identities, apply for credit, open bank accounts, apply for loans, and more.
Today, schools can call on the expertise of qualified, experienced recycling services to both free up space and recycle old electronics in a responsible fashion.
At Protec Recycling, we are AAA certified by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID)and compliant with privacy laws like Compliant with all data privacy laws, including HIPAA, GLBA, FACTA. With programs for IT asset disposition, reselling, and repurposing, we assure that no electronics and their toxic waste components end up in landfills.
Our certificates of secure data destruction and proper chain of custody handling are your assurance that no personal information gets into the hands of the bad guys.
From one-time purges to regularly scheduled service, Protec helps you regularly (and properly) dispose of e-Waste. To schedule a pickup, call our office at 205-549-2120 or visit our Contact Us page today.