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E-waste has become critical concern during the pandemic

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As businesses buy new gear to support the remote workforce during the pandemic, they are creating mountains of e-waste (opens in new tab).

This is according to a new report from data erasure and mobile device diagnostics company Blancco Technology Group, which claims that 53 million tons of e-waste was created during 2019, even before the pandemic struck.

The report states that, since Covid-19 pandemic began, nearly all enterprises (97 percent) have been forced to refresh their hardware, and most (75 percent) purchased brand new devices.

The majority (78 percent), however, believe the short-term technology investment that came about as the result of Covid-19 was unnecessary.

The good news is that many organizations have plans in mind to deal with e-waste (opens in new tab) - it's just that they’re not implementing them properly.

Almost half of large global enterprises have roles responsible for implementing and ensuring compliance with e-waste policies, specifically to deal with e-waste generated from the pandemic.

While 44 percent do have an e-waste policy in place for end-of-life device management, it’s not being communicated or implemented effectively, mostly due to a lack of ownership around the communication of the policies.

“It’s fascinating that so many businesses have implemented roles to manage the e-waste issue resulting from Covid-19, demonstrating corporate social responsibility (CSR), but also their concern around how these devices will be dealt with when they reach end-of-life,” said Alan Bentley, President of Global Strategy at Blancco.

“It’s crucial that this issue is not overlooked and that these devices are appropriately disposed of.”

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.