Top Ten Steps for Disposing of Obsolete Computer Equipment

February, 2002


As the glut of high-tech junk accumulates, businesses are facing increasing pressure to properly dispose of obsolete computer hardware. In addition to compromising the environment, improper disposal of obsolete computer hardware can result in leakage of proprietary company information and violation of new federal privacy laws that ban the disclosure of non-public financial and medical information about employees and customers.  This article provides a checklist of questions to simplify the process of electronics disposal and comply with new federal privacy regulations. (3 pp.)