04 Apr '11, 3pm

Zero Waste: The Next Step for Data Center Sustainability

Tracking is especially important as IT hardware is refreshed. E-waste, a major component of data center material flow, represents the fastest growing municipal waste flow in the U.S. and likely around the globe with recent reports indicating an 8.6 percent growth rate. In 2007 alone over 41 million computers were discarded in the U.S. – with only 18 percent being properly recycled. Too often, e-waste ends up exported to developing countries where it’s causing huge environmental problems. To understand more about how this works take a few minutes to watch The Story of Electronics . And we all need to keep in mind that the growth rate for e-waste from data centers is poised to accelerate as facilities shift to shorter refresh cycles in pursuit of improvements in energy efficiency and compute per­formance.

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/04/04/zero-waste-...

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