Once IT assets like laptops, computers, printers, hard discs and mobile phones outlive their usefulness, what do you do with them? Do you repurpose them? Do you resell them? Do you look for effective e-waste recycling options? Or you just destroy them by throwing them in the landfills?
When it comes to e-waste recycling, you can opt for any method to discard them, but not every method is equally effective. To ensure that you make the best choice and don’t commit any mistake, you need to keep a track of your organization’s IT asset disposition (ITAD). Here are some common IT asset recycling mistakes companies usually make but they shouldn’t.
Not deleting the data
Do you ensure that the old hard drives and USB sticks are completely clean before they leave the office? Expert hackers can easily recover data from old devices, which as per you have been cleaned. Remember, every minor information that might not be of any use for you can be very useful for a dedicated criminal. If you don’t know how to permanently destroy a magnetic drive or erase data on servers, take the help of an IT asset disposal partner.
Ignoring where your old equipment ends up
Have you ever thought about where your old electronic items go once these leave your complex? You might have handed over these to a third-party company dealing in e-waste, but what after that? There are many unethical recycling operations in underdeveloped countries. Make sure you hire a company that uses a responsible electronic waste recycling process.
Not using the right containers
E-waste is hazardous for both humans and the environment, it’s your responsibility to protect them. If you are not sure how to find the right containers, request these from e-waste management companies like B2B Exports. They can provide you with containers designed in compliance with DOT and EPA so you don’t have to worry about the impact of e-waste on the environment.
Some so-called ‘professional’ recycling companies try to save money by dumping used electronics in the landfills like other white goods. This is a grave mistake made by a third party. Sending electronic waste straight into a landfill without sanitisation can damage food crops and wildlife. The only way to avoid this mistake is to find a company that operates a 0% landfill policy and follows a sustainable recycling process.
So, next time when you have to pass your old and unwanted IT equipment for electronic waste recycling, ensure that you don’t make these mistakes. One of the best ways to avoid this is to take the help of professional IT asset disposition services providers like B2B Exports. Having years of experience in the industry, we help clients find the best e-waste recycling techniques on their budget.