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Companies need to help clear ‘e-waste’

Firms need to make better attempts to safely dispose of ‘e-waste’ and IT equipment, according to analysts.

Currently, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive places emphasis on manufacturers of PCs, monitors, printers, mobile phones and servers to recycle or dispose of them in an environmentally safe way.

However, according to Gartner, businesses should do more to deal with the problem and "take a more considered approach to their asset and waste management from the very beginning, and plan for equipment disposal at the time of purchase".

"Purchasing environmentally-preferable products that have less-negative effects on the environment as well as consuming and disposing of less equipment should be a key goal for organisations and individuals around the world," advised Frances O’Brien, research vice president.

Firms who outfit their new offices in business property will often upgrade or buy new IT equipment, all of which will need recycling or disposing of.

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