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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.

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 - 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 is a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience in writing various types of content, from blogs, whitepapers, and reviews to ebooks, and many more, across sites including Al Jazeera Balkans, TechRadar Pro, IT Pro Portal, and CryptoNews.