4 Things e Stewards Certification Tells You About Your IT RemarketerDo you know what happens to your company’s retired data center equipment after you turn it over to an IT asset disposition (ITAD) provider to be recycled? This is a more important question than you might think. The environmental issues associated with closing or consolidating a data center cannot be overlooked. From a compliance standpoint, handing over materials to a vendor who promises to do the right thing does not absolve your company of liability. If the material is disposed of in a manner that does not comply with state and federal regulations, and it can be traced back to your company, your company could find itself paying fines or suffering from bad publicity. You’re putting a lot of faith in your IT recycler when you turn over your used data center equipment. How much do you know about your IT recycling partner?
Why look for e-Stewards certification during a data center project
Because of the risk involved with recycling retired IT assets as part of a data center project, many companies are choosing not to take a chance on their ITAD vendors and selecting one that has been certified for safe and compliant recycling practices by a leading third-party organization. The leading ITAD providers are certified by e-Stewards. e-Stewards was developed by the successful activist organization the Basel Action Network. Companies certified by e-Stewards must follow strict rules that prevent illegal export or landfilling of electronic waste. The following are four requirements IT recycling companies must follow to be certified by e-Stewards:
- Full compliance with IS0 14001. e-Stewards is an “all-in-one” standard, encompassing ISO 14001, the global standard for environmental management, requiring a company to have an Environmental Management System.
- Occupational health and safety best practices. These are comparable to the world’s leading standards for occupational health and safety and incorporate requirements specific to managing e-waste.
- Global accountability standards. e-Stewards incorporates standards developed by Social Accountability International related to maintaining decent workplaces and protecting workers’ human rights.
- Electronics recycling requirements. In addition to the more general standards listed above, e-Stewards addresses concerns specific to electronics recycling. These include controls on the exportation of hazardous e-waste, safe handling of e-waste on-site, accountability for the downstream recycling chain, and compliance with the NIST 800-88 standard for data sanitization. There are many more. e-Stewards offers a good overview of its requirements for IT recyclers on its website.
Reducing risk from a data center project
If your company is closing or consolidating a data center, or migrating to the cloud, there a number of issues related to the disposition of retired IT assets for which you must plan. Environmental compliance is one of them. Waiting until the project is underway to address these issues could lead to additional costs, downtime, or hassle. Our free white paper, “Cloud Migration, Data Center Consolidation, and IT Asset Disposition” addresses several of these concerns and suggests best practices for responding to them.
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