How to Recycle Your IT Assets and Why It’s Important?

As time goes by, the need to recycle and reuse old IT assets such as laptops, monitors, and smartphones often arises. Unfortunately, it is pretty common, that these assets end up forgotten on storage shelves for extended periods, causing their value to decrease.

In this article, we will delve into the most effective strategies for recycling and reusing IT assets, offering valuable tips on choosing the perfect recycling partner tailored to your needs.

Four Reasons Why You Should Recycle Your Unused IT Assets

Cost Efficiency:
Replacing old devices often makes your employees happier but by scheduling recycling right, you can easily avoid your assets becoming waste and gain some money back.

The value of a used laptop can decrease rapidly, up to 5% per month. Depending on the model, condition, and processor performance, a used business laptop can be sold from 200 to 300 euros. Old Apple devices often have even higher value.

Environmental Responsibility:
Electronics is the world’s fastest-growing waste stream and emits more carbon dioxide than aviation globally. By recycling your old devices right you can easily reduce the environmental footprint of your IT assets.

If a laptop is sent for reuse, it saves 140kg of CO2 emissions. About 95% of the devices can still be reused, and many even twice, after which their materials are separated and the components are utilized as spare parts.

According to research, up to 15% of an administrative company’s CO2 emissions are generated from IT. Therefore, IT should be an integral part of a company’s sustainability efforts and sustainability reporting.

Data Security:
Are you aware that unused and broken devices pose a significant risk to your company if not recycled? This is why data security is a critical aspect of IT asset recycling. Ensuring that sensitive data is properly wiped prevents harmful data breaches. You wouldn’t want critical business information to be shared with outsiders, would you?

Storage Space:
Storing old and broken devices takes space and there is rarely a situation where keeping old devices as spare ones is smart. Keep in mind, that the longer you wait less valuable these assets become. There is also a risk of fire if several old devices including batteries are stored in one place.

How Does ITAD Link to Recycling?

While ITAD focuses on the whole disposition process of IT assets, recycling is one of the methods used within ITAD to dispose of equipment responsibly. Recycling aims to recover valuable materials from old devices while minimizing environmental harm. In many cases the best way to recycle old devices is to sent them for reuse.

How to Find the Right Recycling Partner for Your IT Assets?

1. Identify Your Needs

The first step is to understand your needs. What type of devices do you need to recycle? Are there any data security concerns? How many devices do you need to recycle per year? Can these devices still be used by someone else?

2. Check Reviews

Read online reviews and ask for recommendations. A good reputation is a strong indicator of a reliable recycling partner. You should also check if the company has certifications like ISO 14001, ISO 9001, and R2.

3. Verify Data Security Measures

If you’re recycling laptops or other devices with sensitive data, ensure that the recycling partner provides professional data wiping. Protecting your data is crucial to prevent information breaches.

4. Consider Convenience

Choose a recycling partner that makes it easy for you. Check their location and if they offer pickup services. Doing stuff right should be accessible and efficient.

If you are using ITAM software, check what options it offers. Good software can make recycling smooth and simple.

5. Compare Costs

While cost shouldn’t be the only deciding factor, it’s essential to understand the pricing structure. Spending some time comparing potential partners can save you big bucks. For example refunds from old it assets can vary a lot.

6. Environmental impacts

Is sustainability part of your strategy? Then you need a partner who can provide you CO2 calculations. The best recycling partners help you to understand your footprint.

In Conclusion:

Recycling and reusing your IT assets goes beyond creating storage space. Through responsible recycling, businesses can reduce their environmental impact, recover valuable resources, safeguard sensitive data, and even cut costs. It’s a win-win situation for both companies and the planet.

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Written by Mikko Lehmus with the help of specialist from Inrego . Mikko works as CEO of IDR. IDR is the most versatile asset lifecycle management software for IT devices and healthcare. Read more about IDR here.

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