GREEN IT is more than the impact on the environment of equipment that is in service; it is also about the impact on the environment of IT equipment that has reached its end-of-life (EOL). Many organizations have focused on reducing the cost of powering the computer equipment to run their businesses. Whether intentionally or not, this has reduced their impact on the environment. What has been of less concern is the impact on the environment of equipment once it is no longer needed.
For some time management has recognized the cost of disposing of EOL equipment, but, until recently, management's only concern was the cost. Because no one was ever arrested for tossing EOL equipment into the regular trash, little concern was paid to the method of disposal.
The U.S. EPA estimates that 53 million computers became obsolete in 2007, along with 35 million monitors and 82 million mice and keyboards. Governments are now beginning to pass laws and regulations at a rapid pace that will result in a penalty if EOL equipment is not handled properly from an environmental perspective. Companies will pay a penalty if their EOL equipment contains sensitive data about their customers that is not properly erased. And businesses are starting to realize that asset disposal is less costly if considered as part of the complete asset management life cycle.
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