Robert Houghton is president and founder of Columbus, Ohio-based Redemtech, the world's largest provider of corporate computer recycling and reuse services. He can be reached at [email protected].
Robert Houghton is president and founder of Columbus, Ohio-based Redemtech, the world's largest provider of corporate computer recycling and reuse services. He is an expert on sustainable computing and off-network security best practices, including issues of e-waste management, computer reuse, secure reverse locations and verified data destruction.
Bob is a strong proponent of the business value of responsible recycling and effective reuse, having overseen the development of sustainable computing programs for approximately 100 of the top 1,000 companies in the world.
Under Houghton's leadership, Redemtech has grown into the largest provider of corporate computer recycling and reuse services in the world by adhering to a strict zero-landfill, zero-export recycling, zero-incineration, zero-prison labor policy that exceeds EPA regulations, and by introducing new ways for large organizations to achieve greater reuse of technology systems.
Redemtech is a pioneer in the emerging field of Technology Change Management, which automates asset recovery, reuse, refurbishment, remarketing, recycling and data destruction. The company also is a charter signatory of the Basel Action Network (BAN) Electronics Recycler's Pledge of True Stewardship.
"Out of sight, out of mind" is no longer a viable IT asset disposition strategy, and a definitive taxonomy from research firm Gartner spells out which firms are best able to meet companies' needs for secure, responsible electronics recycling.
Companies want to do the right thing when dealing with their discarded electronics, but a recycling certification developed by the industry and manufacturers is only muddying the waters. How do you know your recycler is working in line with your firm's principles?
In addition to making companies and IT managers more proactive on energy efficiency as a savings driver, the Great Recession is bringing to light the environmental and economic benefits of extending the life of IT hardware as long as possible.
IT professionals have become good environmental and privacy stewards during the past 10 years -- on paper. Corporate policy now generally reflects the fundamental tenets of good electronics stewardship. Yet, how is it possible that a majority of e-waste still is being exported to developing countries, according to most estimates?
As a concept applied to IT, "green" is one of those terms in danger of becoming whatever the marketing departments at hardware and software makers want it to be. Robert Houghton, President, Redemtech, offers advice on how to measure and work towards true sustainability.