Bankruptcy. Lawsuits. Illegal dumping. Abandoned e-waste. Data breach.
Words no IT manager ever wants to consider, let alone hear, when evaluating partners for managing their company’s e-waste, yet some that are all too common, especially in Florida, where e-recycling vendors have a long history of bankruptcies leaving customers to pay for millions in cleanup costs, failure to pay rebates, and improper disposal of resulting in costly HIPAA data breaches.
If reading the headlines of other companies’ misfortunes makes you wonder: “Do I really know where my ‘recycled’ IT devices end up?,” you’re not alone. Don’t be left paying the consequences – and cleanup – of illegal e-waste dumping.
Creative Recycling Systems, based in Florida with locations across six eastern states, filed for bankruptcy, leaving property owner Carolina Pines I LLC, and contracted customers, including South Carolina’s Horry and Lexington counties, legally responsible for nearly $1.5M in cleanup costs. Cleanup included a warehouse with nearly 6.5 million pounds of e-scrap, including a substantial volume of CRTs, more than a dozen 53-foot trailers full of material, and cleanup of hazardous materials, like arsenic and lead, released during crushing. (Source)
Owner of Jacksonville, Florida, processor Legie E-Scrap Recycling faced felony charges for improper management of hazardous e-scrap, including between 200 and 250 CRT computer monitors. The warehouse owner where the e-waste was abandoned was required to pay more than $23,500 for the clean up of the 47,000 pounds of hazardous waste (source).