How to Dispose and Recycle your IT Assets? 5 Jan 2021
Is your business expanding? Or are you simply upgrading your equipment to meet industry standards? No matter the reason, there will always come a time when you need to dispose of your assets for your business’s benefit. However, this does not just mean tossing a laptop into a dustbin.
When disposing and recycling your IT assets, you need to consider the current WEEE rules and regulations and what practices will ensure your business’ protection. If you have used a piece of electronic equipment over several years, chances are your data will still be embedded into the hard drive.
With that being said, sourcing an IT disposal expert will guarantee a safe and secure recycling process. Here at Global EMEA, we simplify that process by partnering with carefully selected ITADS who use the Wipedrive software. The ITADS are able to wipe your IT hard drives and maintain confidentiality as well as your security. Continue reading for more information on how Global help select reputable ITADS to recycle your IT assets efficiently.
Using a Reputable ITAD
When ridding of your IT assets, dumping them in the nearest skip is not only extremely harmful to the environment once the contents are thrown into the landfill, but if someone were to get hold of your equipment, this could compromise your business’s confidentiality. In-house shredding and data sanitisation is also not recommended as it is not sure-fire. That’s why it is vital that you hire an IT asset disposal company. When we look to using an ITAD to recycle your IT assets, they need to undergo several checks to confirm that the company or individual is reputable in this field.
When erasing all data, it requires more than a quick deletion. Specific software and a wealth of knowledge combined will give you the best chances of your IT assets’ safe disposal. These professionals can ensure that no sensitive data is leaked, as well as ethically shred the remaining shell once data sanitised.
Once a decision is made to source an IT asset disposal company, we need evidential confirmation that they are reputable. While several disposal companies will offer you their services, disposing of IT assets needs to be done using only the best practises which not all offer.
By carrying out research before identifying the right ITAD for your project, we are able to source a trusted and distinguished company. Financial fraud is apparent in this industry as well as any other. With the assurance of accreditations, you can stay confident that your old data will be safely wiped and dealt with accordingly. What’s more, the non-recyclable parts of your assets will be managed appropriately too.
One way to identify an accredited ITAD is through ADISA accreditations. This signifies that they are a notable IT asset disposal partner of ADISA (The Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance.) The company chosen to recycle your IT assets should also have relevant partners with ISO certifications, such as ISO 27001 Information Security Standard. Establishing these accreditations proves that they are a reputable business assessed for best practices within equipment disposal.
Recycling your IT Assets
Once we have chosen a reputable ITAD, you may be given the option of recycling your assets if they are of proper working order. Without the physical destruction of your equipment, you can have it refurbished and ready to be used again for you and your team; thus deeming your business environmentally conscious. By helping the planet this way, your business will be recognised, leaving it with a good reputation.
On the other hand, remarketing your refurbished kit to other businesses, end-users or educational institutions can raise you further capital. Not only will you have more budget to play with when investing in new electronics, but you may have enough to improve in other areas of the business too. Read more about the benefit of recycling your IT assets here.
Please note, some devices may be faulty in that they’ll not allow all data to be erased. If this is the case, the ITAD will shred this equipment at a recycling centre to reuse the pieces for future electronics.
Choosing Global EMEA
Disposing of IT assets is a vital process that every business will need to undergo several times in its lifespan. For a smooth system, make sure to choose the way that works best for your organisation. Cost, convenience and effectiveness are three things that should always be taken into consideration when making this decision.
While keeping costs down is always a priority for a business, during the current climate of COVID-19, it goes without saying that cutting budgets has and will be even more apparent. Working from home can put limits on the disposing of IT equipment, which is why finding a remote data sanitising service is your best bet at removing all data safely and securely without jeopardising your or your team’s health and safety.
At Global EMEA, we are in partnership with WhiteCanyon; a leading security software provider, employing permanent deletion technology to prevent identity theft. By outsourcing your IT assets to us, your company can benefit from WhiteCanyon’s market-leading Wipedrive deletion software. Wipedrive9 is one of WhiteCanyon’s flagship products that offers a permanent deletion technology that can erase all of the data on your old IT assets to military-grade standards.
With these accreditations part of your package with Global EMEA, we can be your trusted partner in data elimination. We can keep your business’s reputation intact while dealing with your IT assets using only industry-leading practices and software that’ll give you a quick turnaround. Get in touch with us today for more information on recycling your IT assets.