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Digest: December 2014 – Ending Dangerous Disposal Processes

By IAITAM

IAITAM Members Only

 

It’s ITAM Awareness Month!

December, for the 5th year in a row is dedicated to education – and it’s all free!  As we have done in the past, and supported by the vendor community, IATAM has opened up all events for the final days of 2014, so register to listen in to recorded webinars or download white papers throughout the next week and 1/2.  Don’t miss out on your last chance to increase your knowledge.

2015 ACE

 

The Spring 2015 ACE in San Diego ‘s schedule is almost ready for publishing.  If you have failed to submit a speaker proposal, we are accepting proposals for the Fall ACE of 2015 in Dublin, Ireland on September 1st & 2nd, 2015.

 

For questions or additional information on this or any IAITAM ACE event, reach out to your IAITAM Member Service representative today at info@iaitam.org or call +1.330.628.3012.

 

Register now for the either Spring 2015 ACE in San Diego, April 28- 30, 2015 or Dublin, Ireland on September 1st & 2nd, 2015!

ITAM Road Show – IAITAM is Bringing ITAM to a City Near You!

 

IAITAM provider is proud to announce a series of 1-day educational sessions at a location near you in 2015!  Join IAITAM’s team of asset management experts and select industry peers addressing the issues pertinent to initiating, building and enhancing your organization’s asset management program.

 

DATES/LOCATIONS

Spring 2015

Chicago, IL:  May 11th

Little Rock AR: May 13th

Kansas City, KS: May 15th

Hartford, CT: May 18th

Raleigh-Durham, NC: May 20th

Denver, CO: May 22nd

San Jose, CA: May 27th

Austin, TX: May 29th

Fall 2015

Chicago, IL:  Sept. 21st
Little Rock AR: Sept. 23rd
Kansas City, KS: Sept. 28th
Hartford, CT: Sept. 30th
Raleigh-Durham, NC: Oct. 2nd
Denver, CO: Oct. 5th
San Jose, CA: Oct. 7th
Austin, TX: Oct. 9th

 

Sample Topics Include:

2015 IAITAM Road Show Schedule

Register for one of the Roadshows now or to get additional details, contact IAITAM at info@iaitam.org or call _+1.330.628.3012.

 

Member IMUG’s

Look at what’s forthcoming in the Scoop.IT newsletters or the IAITAM mobile app.  Download today by searching IAITAM in the App Store or on Google Play.  The first quarter of 2015 is shaping up nicely with the following sessions already scheduled.  Please submit any topic or speaker suggestions for 2015 to IMUG@iaitam.org. 

 

2015 January 13th – TBD 20th – Terry DivelblissEracent – SW Baselining to Ensure Network Security 27th – Sherry Irwin – ITAM Its all about the Data, no Question!
February 10th – Ask the Fellows

Submit your Questions for this session now at IMUG@iaitam.org to have it included in the session

17th – Dan Mattock – Securis

Best Practices in IT Asset Disposal in a Rapidly Evolving IT Infrastructure Landscape

24th – Ask the IAITAM Experts – open exchange on ITAM topics with IAITAM instructors –  Submit your Questions for this session now at IMUG@iaitam.org to have it included in the session
March 10th – Terry DivelblissEracent – SW Baselining to Ensure Network Security  

 

If you’d like to listen in on past recordings, just visit the IAITAM website to listen in to previous month’s recordings at this webpage (you must first log into the site with your Member ID): Strategic Information for IT Asset Managers

 

IAITAM Members can register for one or all and participate in none or all monthly.  For questions or to suggest a speaker or topic for the IMUGs, please email imug@iaitam.org.

 

 

Member’s Monthly Article:

 

Ending Dangerous Disposal Processes

The clock is ticking for organizations:  their electronic disposal practices are becoming everyone’s business.  For many years, IAITAM has promoted proper disposal practices, educating and certifying IT Asset Managers who then created better practices within their companies. There have been many successes, with organizations better able to maximize the benefits received from a fully compliant and mature disposal process.  Unfortunately, without active enforcement and consequences, some organizations have been slow to give electronic disposal the attention and diligence necessary.  That grace period is ending and organizations not in the ITAD or recycling business are making the news. 

Since 2011, the State of California has been investigating more than 235 warehouse and dispatch facilities owned and operated by AT&T.  They were under investigation for sending hazardous waste to landfills illegally.  This included electronic waste such as various equipment, batteries, and other items that were used for installing and repairing telephone, video and internet services.  Of the roughly 235 facilities, 13 of them were found to be unlawfully disposing hazardous waste.

This breach has cost AT&T a lot of money.  Under a deal struck with the State of California, AT&T has agreed to pay $23.8 million in civil penalties and another $28 million over the next five years to make process improvements to prevent this from happening again.

Lest you think AT&T is the only one, Target was also indicted by the State of California.  They had to pay $22.5 million to settle charges it was illegally dumping electronics collected in California stores.

California is certainly one of the most active in this area, although they have suffered setbacks of their own with the massive CRT glass recycling fraud perpetrated by Dow Management in 2013.  The takeaway from this information is that attention is focused on disposal because of the scope of the issues.  More than half of the US states have recycling laws, drawing in the general public as well as environmental protection groups and agencies.  World news frequently includes updates on regulations that influence disposal. 

Admittedly, many disposal regulations and best practices have been in place for quite some time and broad organizational responsibility has not been the focus of enforcement except within the disposal/recycling/waste industry.  However, the California incidents and others make it likely that, going forward; organizations regardless of industry and location will be held accountable for compliance with the proper disposal regulations.

The positive spin on this situation is that IT Asset Managers are uniquely positioned to proactively reduce the risks to the environment, the organization’s bottom line and the organization’s reputation.  IT Asset Managers have tracked and controlled software licenses, asset deployments, and mobile devices for over a decade, driven by increasing the ROI and the compliance to the many laws influencing ITAM practices.  The organization needs that same level of attention applied to the IT asset end-of-life to prepare for external scrutiny.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/heatherclancy/2014/11/28/att-will-pay-52-million-to-close-e-cycling-investigation/

http://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-kamala-d-harris-announces-238-million-settlement-att

 

 

This Month’s Featured Sponsors: 

 

All Green Electronic Recycling:   Convenient Service & Reporting With a global footprint and a presence in every major U.S. metropolitan area, All Green is a convenient and reliable partner for enterprise-level corporations. Our certified experts remove IT assets from any client location worldwide and securely transport them to our state-of-the-art facilities. All Green’s robust inventory management system tags and tracks each individual asset in our custody, enabling us to provide comprehensive documentation, including compliance reports and financial analytics. This centrally managed process is engineered to be fully transparent so you can follow your assets effortlessly through a secure chain of custody from a single reputable vendor. Our online Client Portal allows you to track your products and obtain reporting at any time. Minimizing Risk & Maximizing Returns All Green is certified to the industry’s highest standards in data destruction and electronics recycling including e-Stewards and R2. Our bulletproof processes include options for on-site hard drive shredding and always a zero-landfill policies. Finally, All Green uses the industry’s most progressive resale platform to market your equipment for maximum value  http://www.allgreenrecycling.com/

 

AppFocus: AppFocus provides software asset management (SAM) services for the Fortune 500, including vendor-independent automation and effective configuration management. AppFocus became best known for its expertise with MSI (Microsoft Installer) packaging, which lead naturally to full application lifecycle support. AppFocus remains strongly committed to developing local talent and enabling automated solutions wherever possible, contributing to the future of a thriving industry.   http://appfocus.com/

 

New Light Technologies:  New Light Technologies, Inc. (NLT) Visualize to Realize Since 2001, NLT has been producing solution that combine IT ingenuity with industry intelligence for our clients in commercial and government sectors. Our CEO, Ghermay Araya, and our experienced staff have created a full-cycle, enterprise systems, and information technology company with a focus on GIS. For over 10 years, we’ve successfully support customer needs by organizing teams of technical professionals with diverse and highly specialized skills. Our broad range of expertise are in areas including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), project management, systems engineering, and data analysis, with a high degree of specialization in geospatial information systems. NLT offers consultants and staffing for GIS; Document Management Systems, Project Management; System Architecture; Database Services; Data Development; Web and Application Design & Development; Software Implementation; Training Services; Mobile Technology Implementation.  http://www.newlighttechnologies.com 

 

Sims Recycling Solutions, Inc.:   Sims Recycling Solutions, (www.SimsRecycling.com) is the global leader in electronics reuse and recycling. We have over 20 years’ experience in comprehensive IT asset disposition and mobile device refurbishment services. Sims provides disposal services for all types of retired electronic equipment to local, national and global customers in every business sector including data centers, healthcare, financial service and technical organizations. As part of Sims Metal Management Limited, the world’s largest publicly listed metal and electronics recycler, Sims Recycling Solutions has the global reach, expertise, and infrastructure to guarantee all devices are processed in a secure and environmentally responsible manner, so that compliance risks are eliminated. Sims international footprint of operations across 20 countries, enable us to offer a global scope of services on myriad local fronts.   http://simsrecycling.com/

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