E-waste in Australia


Global e-waste statistics:


Global e-waste is expected to increase by almost 17% to 52.2 million tonnes in 2021 (Source). The statistics documented by the United Nations University shows that only 20% of e-waste is collected and recycled while the other 80% is unaccounted for, they may be dumped, illegally traded or recycled under uncontrolled conditions. (Source)

Australia e-waste statistics:

Australians are high consumers of technology and one of the highest producers of e-waste in the world. Within Australia, only 500,000 computers are being recycled compared to the 1.6 million computers that are thrown away. Around 5.3 million computers are unused in office storage facilities. Alongside this, Australians collectively purchase 2.4 million new computers each year, further contributing to the accumulation of ewaste. (Source)

E-waste is growing at an alarming rate in Australia. Just in terms of specific products, around 10% of laptops and computers are recycled while other outdated electronic products have only increased the amount of ewaste entering the waste stream. (Source) It is estimated that Australia’s e-waste will increase by more than 60% , which would be around 223,000 tonnes by the year 2024. (Source) Australia is lagging behind to cope with the growth of electronic waste.

Environmental effect:

The composition of  E-waste varies greatly, while it can contain valuable metals such as gold, indium, and palladium, on the flip side it can also be comprised of hazardous metals such as lead, arsenic and mercury. Disposing of e-waste in a landfill is not just a threat to the environment but can also be a significant waste of valuable resources. If disposed of properly, the recyclable components can be recovered for reuse and hazardous materials can be treated appropriately.

Companies should ensure that their e-waste is disposed of through a responsible recycling center. If e-waste is handled properly, 90% to 95% of its components can be recycled, which can greatly benefit our environment. (Source)


IT Asset & Disposal


IT Asset & Disposal

How and when do you dispose of your devices such as computers, laptops, hard drives?

Most of us throw it away or at least try to erase the data beforehand.

The equipment may not be fit for use anymore but the data saved on our devices are stored even after the trash is emptied. Without proper data wiping or destruction, confidential business information can be easily leaked; this creates a great risk for the business, its reputation, and stakeholders such as consumers, employees, and shareholders.

 Conscious disposal of unused IT assets is required to fulfill corporate social responsibility whilst also saving company funds and supporting a solid risk management strategy.

 When considering asset disposal, be sure to observe:

  • Whether or not the assets are working/can be re-used
  • Whether or not the asset meets the current needs of the company

 Unused IT still hold residual value; By removing the assets from their working premise, they can be assessed for refurbishment or remarketing.

 How do you get value for your assets? Due to the increasing decline in the lifespan of IT equipment, it is vital that companies maintain and manage their IT equipment to recover the most from their asset disposal.

 Many organizations have delayed the implementation of their IT Asset disposition program due to the perceived cost. Unfortunately, the cost of losing control of old equipment far outweighs the cost of establishing this program. Companies need to be aware that regardless of the working condition of assets, data can always be retrieved.

 Remarketing old IT equipment assists in maximizing the company’s ROI while minimizing environmental impact. The secondary market for used IT equipment is huge. Many companies have budgets to purchase new equipment and purchasing second-hand equipment can help save costs and assist in optimizing IT spending.

 So the disposal of IT Assets should be completed responsibly. At RCube, we offer a one-stop solution for this, tailored to suit your needs.


  • Onsite Asset Decommissioning – We disconnect and decommission your assets before removal
  • Onsite Audit – We provide a full audit report onsite
  • Secure Data Destruction – We offer tailored data destruction solutions
  • Responsible E-waste Recycling – We maintain full chain of custody of your decommissioned assets, dismantling and recycling them at our facility
  • IT Asset Buyback – We provide an upfront buyback offer for any assets with residual value


RCube offers reliable, high-security deployment services completely from scratch, with configuration, operations, integration to deployment, data migration, and device placement.


RCube ensures safe transportation and redeployment of your IT assets; our system works as below:

  1. Disconnection/Reconnection of the asset
  2. Removal of existing cables
  3. Server racking/deracking
  4. Physical cleaning of assets
  5. Removal and recycling of redundant assets


What is Data Destruction??

What is Data Destruction??

Data destruction is a term which has become increasingly used in today’s modern technological world. Similar to physical possessions, data or information is a crucial aspect of daily modern business, whether publicly or privately operated.

  Data is sensitive information that is significant to the business, it may contain proprietary information or may relate directly to members of the public. Failure to fully destroy such data prior to decommissioning of I. T. equipment may inadvertently result in the data entering the public domain. Suchinadvertent disclosures may have an adverse impact upon a company or publicbody, leading to negative media coverage, prosecution, brand damage, loss ofrevenue and unforeseen internal running costs.

When it comes to selecting ways to destroy data, organizations have a short menu. There are three main options: Overwriting, which is covering up old data with information; Degaussing, which erases the magnetic field of the storage media; and Physical Destruction, which employs techniques such as disk shredding. Each of these techniques has benefits and drawbacks, experts say.

Enterprise clients generally have a pretty good idea of how to deal with data destruction and this practice has been relatively consistent over a period of years. Still, some organizations, particularly SME’s, need more education about data destruction.

Companies must follow all the regulations , laws and policies in relation to data destruction to comply with legal standards. Every company needs to educate their employees on data destruction policy. Companies need to be in compliance with the industry standards for their policy. Data should be completely destroyed and inaccessible.

Types of Data Destruction

 Following are some of the types of data destruction adopted by companies:

1: Non Physical:

a: Binary Wiping or Purging

b: Secure Erase (Hard Disk)

c: Enhanced Secure Erase (Hard Disk)

d: Degaussing (some tape based media)

2: Physical:

a: Degaussing (Hard Disks and Some Tapes)

b: Shredding

c: Granulating

d: Crushing

Data Destruction in Australia

To help protect individuals and organisations from privacy and data breaches, new amendments to the Privacy Protection Act 1988 have been enacted. On 12th March 2014 the Office of Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) began enforcing a harmonised set of 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APP’s) , with harsh penalties for data and privacy breaches.

Devices such as mobile phones and network equipment are items often overlooked as sources of data breaches. Devices that may contain confidential or private information which may result in a data or privacy breach if not properly disposed of include:

  • Computers & Laptops
  • Mobile Phones & Tablets
  • Servers and Network Equipment
  • External Hard Drives
  • USB thumb drives
  • CD’s and DVD’s
  • Printers & Copy Machines

Rcube’s Role in Data Destruction

RCube Solutions  provides complete solutions for all security and destruction requirements, ensuring all data is 100% irretrievable.

Rcube Solutions adopts the following methods for data destruction:


  • Degaussing and/or Shredding of HDDs, SSDs and other storage devices
  • Proof of Destruction (Serial number Scanning and Asset Reporting)
  • Certificate of Destruction
  • GPS Tracked Vehicles


  • Highest Standard Military Grade data wiping solution
  • Certificate of Destruction for each asset
  • Post Wipe (Assets removed for reuse, recycling or destruction as client decides)
  • Zero cost for reusable assets

For more information about how Rcube Solutions can help you with data destruction, contact us @ 1300 879 192.

Electronic Waste Disposal

Electronic Waste Disposal

Electronic waste (E-waste): what is it?

This term applies to all consumer and business electronic pieces of equipment that are near or at the end of its useful life. There is no specific definition for electronic waste (e-waste) at this time, but any electronic device containing circuit boards or chips is most likely e-waste. Things which contain heavy metals like cadmium, lead, copper, and chromium that can contaminate the environment.

Some examples of electronic waste include, but not limited to:

  • TVs, computer monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, circuit boards, lamps, clocks, flashlight, calculators, phones, answering machines, digital/video cameras, radios, VCR, DVD players, MP3, and CD players
  • Kitchen equipment (toasters, coffee makers, microwave ovens)
  • Laboratory equipment (hot plates, microscopes, calorimeters)
  • Broken computer monitors, television tubes (CRTs

The E-Waste Problem?

How often do we buy a new cell phone, laptop, or TV? In this technology-centered society, we probably upgrade our Electronics Devices faster than anything else. Most people don’t think twice about buying the “latest and greatest” technology. After all, the companies and their marketing teams spend a great deal of money to make sure that we’re hungry to buy the next iPhone, Xbox or LED TV.

While our hunger for electronics and technology keeps growing, what happens to our old stuff?

  • The average cell phone user gets a new cell phone every 18 months.
  • In Australia, we toss more than 100 million cell phones in the trash every year.
  • On an average, 20 million TVs are trashed in Australia every year.
  • Only 13% of electronic waste is disposed of and recycled properly.

Where Does Our E-Waste Go?

Electronic waste coming from all the pieces of equipment of all sizes includes dangerous chemicals like lead, cadmium, beryllium, mercury, and brominated flame retardants. When we dispose of these kinds of gadgets and devices improperly, these hazardous materials have a high risk of:-

  • polluting the air
  • contaminating soil
  • Polluting water sources.

When e-waste sits in a typical landfill, for example, water flows through the landfill and picks up trace elements from these dangerous minerals.

Eventually the contaminated landfill water, called “leachate,” gets through layers of natural and manufactured landfill liner. When it reaches natural groundwater, it introduces lethal toxicity and various hazardous gases which results in increased health risks like kidney disease, brain damage, and genetic mutations.

Here are some eco-friendly waste disposal techniques that you can use to dispose of electronic waste locally:

  1. Give Back to Your Electronic Companies and Drop Off Points

A lot of electronic companies tend to have an exchange policy whereby they take back your old devices when you buy a later version, sometimes offering you a discount on your new purchase.

A few recycling companies have set up electronic drop off initiatives along with drop off points for products such as cell phones and tablets after which they are recycled. You can ask your local electronics shops regarding any information about drop off locations.

  1. Donating Your Outdated Technology

Old devices that you no longer need can be donated as they may be useful to others. Your old computer may be useful to either an NGO or students. You should ask yourself these 2 questions before disposing of your old electronics:

    Is the electronic item working?

    Does the computer have any of your personal information?

A lot of organizations and businesses offer electronic donation programs which you can choose from.

  1. Sell off Your Outdated Technology

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure as the old saying goes. This can be applied to helping you get rid of your old electronics. You can tap into online sites or even resort to having a garage sale as to help you get rid of your outdated electronics as well as earn some money. Examples of this are old video games which can sell for as high as $40 a piece. Most electronic shops are always ready to buy your old electronics.

4: Through Rcube Solutions:

We at RCube Solutions specializes in providing complete e-waste recycling solutions for businesses and education providers in Australia.

We follow 3 step system for handling E-waste:-

1: Reuse

All assets are inspected to determine functionality and value; if fit to reuse, they are wiped according to DOD standards and are sold or sent to a charity of the client’s choice.

2: Recover

Devices unfit for use are sorted and dismantled into commodities.

3: Recycle

Dismantled components are sent to downstream vendors for further refining to be used as new products.

For more information on how to handle Ewaste, you can contact us by visiting our website http://rcube.com.au/

E-Waste Recycling

E-Waste Recycling

Electronic waste or e-waste is a term used for electronic products that have become obsolete, and have reached the end of their useful life. As technology is advancing at such a high rate, many electronic devices become “trash” after years of use. In fact, all the categories of old electronic items contribute to e-waste.E-waste is created from anything electronic: computers, TVs, monitors, mobile phones, PDA, VCRs, CD players, fax machines, printers, etc. Obsolete electronic devices are rapidly filling landfills around the globe. Australians are among the highest users of technology, and e-waste is one of the fastest growing types of waste. Of the 15.7 million computers that reached their ‘end of life’ in Australia in 2007-08, only 1.5 million were recycled – that’s less the 10%. (As per Australian bureau of statistics report)

Most electronics that are improperly thrown away contain some form of harmful materials such as beryllium, cadmium, mercury, and lead which when added up in volume, it’s a threat to the environment becomes significant. Besides adding harmful elements to the environment, improper disposal of e-waste is a recycling opportunity lost. Almost all electronic waste contain some form of recyclable material, including plastic, glass, and metals.

The solution to the e-waste problem starts with providing proper education. If we can educate people about it, there is a strong possibility that their habits will change accordingly. Currently, people are more aware of paper and generic waste recycling but e-waste, not so much.


E-waste has many valuable recoverable materials such as aluminum, copper, gold, silver, plastics, and ferrous metals. In order to conserve raw materials and the energy needed to produce new electronic equipment from natural resources, electronic equipment can be reused and recycled instead of being landfilled. When we talk about electronic waste, it is a serious issue that requires immediate attention at the corporate and domestic level. In general, an average person purchases a new electronic item every 4 to 5 years and throws away older ones.


Economic globalization, innovation and easy access to technology has changed our lifestyle in a major way by providing us with electronic products which are used limitlessly to make our daily lives more communicable and comforting. The unrestrained use of electronic products has led to the huge generation of e-waste. People today are unaware of what exactly should be done with e-waste; Right now, raising awareness and proper management are crucial.

  • First of all, it’s important to understand that e-waste dumping is causing a serious threat to health and the environment. E-waste is a complex composition of toxic substances such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, barium, antimony and valuable materials like gold, silver, nickel-based alloys, titanium based alloys, and cobalt-based alloys. In total, there are 1000 different components comprising of60 elements found in e-waste.
  • So what happens in the landfills? When the e-waste is dumped in landfills, the toxic heavy materials which are non-biodegradable and flammable gradually seep out and pollute the water resources and soil. When e-waste is incinerated, it contaminates the air to an extent which can lead to serious health issues.


When the e-waste is recycled, 10% to 15% of gold is retrieved from old computers, circuit boards, and peripherals. As per the United Nations report, the metals found in e-waste are 40% – 50% more precious and rich than the metals mined. These reports clearly display a message to the world that if e-waste is reused properly we could address the scarcity of metals and excessive need for mining in the long run.


  • Conserves natural resources:

Recycling recovers valuable materials from old electronics that can be used effectively to make new products. As a result, we save energy, reduce pollution, reduce greenhouse gases emissions, and save resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth.

  • Protects your surroundings:

Safe recycling of outdated electronics promotes sound management of toxic chemicals such as lead and mercury.

  • Helps others:

Donating your used electronics benefits your community by passing on ready-to-use or refurbished equipment to those who need it.

  • Creates Jobs:

E-waste recycling creates jobs for professional recyclers and creates a new market for the valuable components that are dismantled.

  • Saves landfill space:

E-waste is a growing waste stream. By recycling these items, landfill space is conserved.


Conservation Of Natural Resources And Energy

As mentioned above, there are plenty of valuable materials found in electronic waste. These materials can be extracted and reused in the manufacturing of new products. This facility precludes the involvement of countries in extracting and mining natural minerals from the earth’s crust which consumes ten times more energy than the energy used in recycling.

Every year the process of mining releases 1.5 tons of contaminants into the water and air, hence if recycling is done the need for raw materials and mining will come down and will help in conserving the biodiversity.

Protection Of Health And Environment

If visualized carefully the whole scenario beginning from IT asset disposition to e-waste recycling bestows a healthy, wealthy and eco-friendly lifestyle. If recycling is given primary importance, mining activities will reduce significantly. This reduction will, in turn, cut down the emissions of harmful greenhouse gases resulting in a clean, pollution-free environment. So there is no space for hazardous substances to affect us.