As Earth Day 2022 draws near, let’s take a closer look at how ITAD services can help organizations manage their e-waste correctly.
With an estimated 60 million metric tons of global e-waste disposed of annually, it has become the fastest-growing type of waste disposal. Studies have shown that 70% of the heavy metals found in landfills, including mercury, cadmium, and lead, are the direct result of e-waste. Think about the impact e-waste has on the environment and ensure your organization takes the proper steps to become part of the solution.
Repurpose old equipment
Perhaps your organization has no choice but to upgrade due to security or legal concerns. In that case, outdated equipment can sometimes be repurposed for less demanding uses. For example, a surplus monitor can be used as a secondary display for a laptop or desktop. Even older LCD TVs can be used as a new monitor. Even if you can’t find a practical use for your obsolete equipment, someone else might.
Sell old equipment while it still has value
So, your organization has a storage unit full of obsolete equipment that’s been collecting dust for years. Why not sell it and use the money to upgrade your existing equipment? All devices are going to lose value over time, and the sooner they can be sold, the more value you can recoup. Your organization could be wasting precious office space or, even worse, rent on a storage unit full of potential money. Talk to an ITAD professional that can help get you the most return on your old equipment. It’s never too late to sell.
Top 5 reasons you should sell your equipment
Environmental considerations such as global warming, climate change, and pollution remain a hot topic as e-waste disposal has become one of the biggest concerns in the technology industry.
Reducing the amount of e-waste in your organization is a foolproof way to reach sustainability goals. However, without a plan in place, it can be much more difficult than simply replacing outdated IT equipment. There are several items to consider such as how to properly handle any critical data on devices. IT asset management should be an all-inclusive strategy that ends with IT Asset Disposition (ITAD). ITAD takes care of more than just your organization’s environmental concerns, it covers data security, logistics, and return on your original investment. In the end, it just makes sense.
- IT Equipment Removal
The first step in the ITAD process would be to take old, unused equipment offline and completely remove it from the corporate network. Each piece of equipment that stores any amount of data must be uninstalled, taken off the network, and accurately accounted for.
Once an organization’s surplus equipment has been shipped and data eradicated, it’s time for remarketing. Remarketing is a chance to considerably reduce the equipment’s total cost of ownership. Experienced ITAD partners utilize large networks of remarketers, increasing the equipment’s value.
- Recycling Unused Assets
Once the equipment has been remarketed, the remaining surplus IT assets must be disposed of in an eco-conscious manner. A good ITAD partner will know how to safely dispose and recycle those assets.
- Certified Data Destruction
To ensure that the job has been completed correctly, the ITAD partner can provide auditable certificates and reports throughout each phase of the process.
- How Do You Choose the Right Partner?
An organization’s choice in an ITAD partner can make or break their return on investment. With thorough research, you can save your company from a data breach nightmare while being environmentally responsible.
OceanTech’s mission is to become the most trusted ITAD partner in the marketplace. We provide environmentally friendly, liability-free electronic recycle and asset management services. Our processes are designed to bring value back to our customers and reduce the amount of equipment entering the waste system.