Dimension Data launches e-waste removal service

South African IT services and solution provider Dimension Data has turned its attention to e-waste with the launch of a global e-waste removal service as part of its newly expanded Technology Lifecycle Management (TLM) Assessment.

The assessment is designed to help organizations better manage their IT inventory by cataloguing and analyzing assets on their network, identifying end-of-life and security issues so that they can be proactively addressed. Noting that the number of electronic devices at end-of-life is expected to double from 2010 to 2025, Dimension data notes many organizations face a dilemma finding an environmentally friendly e-waste removal service that is available on a global scale.

“According to aggregate data compiled by Dimension Data from 294 TLM Assessments conducted at organizations of all sizes and in all industry sectors in 2011, 45 per cent of the network estates assessed will be totally obsolete within five years,” said Colin Curtis, Dimension Data’s director of sustainability, in a statement. “Expanding our TLM Assessment to include an e-waste solution means our expert advice doesn’t start at the point of disposal. We can now assess the strength of each item in a technology base, determine its point in the lifecycle, and then use best practices to dispose of elapsed devices and equipment in an ecological and regulatory-compliant manner. In addition, the organization’s security and brand are not negatively impacted.”

Among the benefits of its e-waste disposal program, said Dimension Data, is global reach, meaning just one point of contact for multinationals and eliminating the need to ensure varying local regulations are followed. A robust security program also ensures confidential data is wiped from disposed devices, which are recycled sustainably.

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