The Problem with E-waste
Mammoth Office Furniture in Herndon, Virginia

It’s the bane of the homeowner’s existence – over the past 20 years or so, technology took off and left us with an array of assorted cords, cables fasteners and pieces to deal with. The average house has baskets and buckets of these items just lying around – and offices aren’t immune from this problem, either. When the next newest thing comes in, the next-to-newest thing goes into the garbage or sits unused in a hallway or closet somewhere. Dealing with e-waste clutter can be difficult. You can’t just throw it away – electronic waste is a different category of trash that has to be disposed of by certain standards. This can cause serious headaches for office managers who need to optimize and utilize space.

Some Ways to Deal with E-waste

Office managers can plan ahead to try to tackle the growing problem of electronic waste, including extra cords and cables and gear that take up space when they’re not needed anymore. One key strategy is to identify the drop-off point. Too many people don’t know where take e-waste, and so they just leave it lying around. Local solid waste management may have special programs, or a local recycling service may have a destination point for e-waste. If you know where to take this stuff, you can drop it off in bulk … problem solved! However, it’s easier said than done based on hours, access and logistics.

Identify E-waste Policies

It’s also a good idea to create an overall policy on electronic waste. That way you know that something is happening to it – it’s not just flying around the facility. Some of these policy points can have to do with tagging and storage, and other policies can have to do with disposition of e-waste. Having a governing strategy for the entire process gives your business a shot in the arm in dealing with this type of electronic clutter – because if there’s already a problem, it’s not likely to get better without a concerted effort!

Create the Infrastructure You Need

Here’s another good tip – plan e-waste handling into your office design space setup. At Mammoth Office Furniture, we’re experienced in helping our clients to lay out and design office spaces with the right kinds of functional and ergonomic furniture to optimize business and boost productivity. We can help consult on how to hide power strips or position furniture near outlets, or anything else that has to do with maximizing the use of electronic gear and planning for when it becomes obsolete. Some of the functional items on our furniture pieces help to deal with cords and cables in specific ways. We can partner with you to make sure that you’re up to speed on e-waste policy and have the best space design plans in place. Talk to Mammoth about your next new office furniture plan – we can help!