Any business move comes with careful planning. One thing businesses have to worry about is their e-waste. When a company moves, they usually start by tossing many of their things to the trash. E-waste items are mostly electronic and don’t belong in landfills. Dedicated, responsible e-waste services will be needed.
What is E-Waste?
E-waste refers to electronic waste. The term is loose and not absolutely clearly defined. But generally, the term refers to any electronic device no longer in use, which is ready for recycling. For example:
- Printing devices and scanners
- PC towers
- Cell phones
- VCRs, DVDs and Other Media Players
Basically, any electronic device or component can fall under the category of e-waste. And many businesses dispose of such things before they move. In some areas, it’s actually illegal to dispose of such items without using proper services.
Why Is Responsible Disposal So Important?
E-waste is dangerous to the environment and may also contain components that are hazardous to our health. Many of these products contain dangerous chemicals and hazardous materials in trace amounts. This includes things like:
These things are in many devices, like smoke detectors, light bulbs and batteries. When these items burn, they create a toxic hazard. When these things seep into the ground, they poison the land. That’s why there are more and more regulations from provincial and local government, concerning the proper disposal of e-waste.
When Moving a Business, E-Waste Services are Essential
When a company plans a move, it’s no longer okay to take all the workstation PCs and toss them in a rented dumpster. It’s not okay to toss all the fire alarms and old company phones in as well. E-waste is something a business has to deal with, independently of their move. That means they typically have to find dedicated waste disposal services, along with a moving service. Not all disposal services are the same. Some come along, collect the electronics and literally take them right to the landfill. This is highly irresponsible and sometimes even illegal. But if a business can find a service that can accommodate both e-waste removal and the move itself, it will save time and money.
E-waste also comes with privacy concerns. Devices like mobile phones, portable devices and computer hard drives can hold a lot of data that a business would rather not have exposed. E-waste services can dispose of these items properly so privacy does not become a concern.
How Tippet Richardson Can Help You with E-Waste Services
This is why the moving services at Tippet-Richardson are so important. We can set up a commercial move and take care of e-waste in the proper way. We pride ourselves in our dedication to environmental responsibility and our disposal services. Through our partnership with Tree Canada we helped to plant 15,000 trees, as well as our continued support of other environmental initiatives.
So if you’re moving your business from one end of Canada to the other, next door, or even to the United States, let Tippet-Richardson handle it for you in a responsible way. Call us or visit us for a quote, or for a free estimate and to ask about our services.