Recycle. Despite efforts to reduce consumption and reuse equipment, most electronics will still require disposal. A comprehensive e-waste policy should address recycling of products whose manufacturers don't have take-back programs. CIOs can contract with companies that collect surplus equipment, follow secure data-wiping processes, refurbish equipment (if possible), disassemble electronics to recover precious metals and recyclable materials, and appropriately handle hazardous waste and minimize landfill.
Community outreach. Stepping away from the supply chain, there are opportunities to reduce e-waste with the side benefit of improving your company's image. CIOs can use their influence to reach out to employees and members of their communities and educate them about the need for waste reduction.
Employees can play a big role by thinking about ways to reduce e-waste at all stages of the asset life cycle, including initial requests for equipment and all phases of use and maintenance.
By stepping out front, CIOs can minimize future headaches as well as potential fines and bruises to the company's reputation, all while helping to clean up the planet and potentially make a contribution to the bottom line.