Originally published to Data Center POST.
Technology, and the innovation behind it, moves quickly. It appears that every time we turn around there is a new product, a new system, a new must-have that will revolutionize the way we interact with the world around us and the people in it. The rapid pace at which tech moves makes for exciting times indeed, but there is a little known danger from the quick product turnarounds and constant innovation we have come to expect. In a mounting fight against the toxic e-waste stemming from our increasing number of outdated and discarded technologies, we are forced to question the ethical implications of our dependence on the latest and greatest gadgets. As electronics – computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos or copiers – reach the end of their “useful life,” the issue of how to safely and effectively dispose of their parts, some of which can be hazardous, becomes cause for concern. As an issue that often goes unconsidered, the solution to e-waste is one that depends on education, conversation, and information proliferation.
To facilitate conversations about effective and safe disposal solutions for e-waste, Liquid Technology, a full-service IT asset disposition (ITAD) company that offers a complete suite of services designed to help companies manage their hardware assets, introduced The Tech Bench. The Tech Bench is an educational podcast that features interviews with experts in the IT industry and surrounding fields. The weekly podcast is designed to tackle topics like cloud infrastructure, e-waste regulation, data destruction, and diversity in tech to stimulate and encourage much-needed conversation about contemporary issues that plague the industries we depend on.
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