5 Mistakes Companies Make When Disposing of Old IT Equipment

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#1. Thinking that data wiping is 100% secure

No matter what people say, it is impossible to guarantee 100% data destruction through a software. With that being said, knowing exactly what happens to your hard drives is extremely important for you, your company, and your clients. The ONLY way to guarantee that your data will not be compromised is to physically destroy the hard drive through a shredding process. Keep that in mind when you dispose your computer, laptop, server or data containing devices. Always ask for documents that support and guarantee the destruction of your hard drives, physical destruction that is.

#2. Leaving money on the table

There are many factors that come into consideration when assessing the value of outdated or recently upgraded IT equipment. Make sure to work with an expert that will provide advice on the best way to handle your IT equipment before you think of just throwing it away in the trash.

#3. Not thinking about sustainability, environmental responsibility and recycling

One lithium ion battery from your cellphone has enough toxins to contaminate 100,000 gallons of water. Don’t feel guilty, you probably didn’t know that. However, when working with an electronic recycling company, make sure you are finding the right partner that will help create a culture in your company around sustainability and proper recycling practices. Cultivating that culture throughout your organization is a great way to incentivize team building strategies, and a green environment in your workplace. Remember, it is in the details where companies stay ahead of the game. Also, don’t forget about the environmental and sustainability reports at the end of the year!

#4. Incorrect inventory tracking

Your IT assets at one point where worth a considerable amount of money. You have them in your system as assets, and now you have to take them out of that system. Proper inventory tracking will save you, your IT department, and your accounting department a lot of headaches. Also, it is common business sense to know exactly what you have and what is leaving the company. This is called in our industry, IT Asset Disposition, or ITAD. Make sure your electronic recycling company is doing a good job when it comes to properly tracking, inventorying, and keeping you up to date with the downstream process of your IT equipment. You should always know exactly what is being recycled in order to take the proper measures for your personal records.

#5. Not capitalizing on the opportunity to give back

E-Recycling is a great way to give back to the community and support communities all over the world. That computer or laptop that is being upgraded has the power to transform the life of a kid in a developing country that has very limited access to technology. Right now, it might be taking space on your warehouse, or collecting dust in a closet in your office, but remember that by working with the right e-recycling partner, you can leverage that opportunity, and help your community and communities all over the world. It is definitely a perfect way to increase the value of your brand, at virtually no cost to you. Ask your electronic recycler: How are you helping the community, and how can we get involved? Depending on the answer, you will know if you have the right partner.

This article is written by Tony Selvaggio. Founder of eSmart Recycling, a division of Scrap On Spot, LLC; an electronic recycling company headquartered in Tampa, FL that connects IT equipment from corporate clients, with kids in schools in developing countries.


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