E-Waste 101: Resell, Recycle, or Reuse?

Sep 7, 2021

E-waste is a major concern today, with businesses and consumers alike going through devices and components at an alarming rate.

When you’re done with your devices, you’ll have some decisions to make about what to do with them. An IT asset management company can help you make these decisions.

Reselling Your E-Waste Assets

There’s one clear advantage to reselling: It lets your organization recover the residual value left in your IT assets after you’re done with them. In some cases, this value can represent a substantial portion of the original purchase price.

Reselling is always in the best interests of the seller, but it isn’t always possible. Buyers have specific needs, as well, and IT assets eventually reach a point where there is no longer any chance of a resale.

The best way to avoid this is to sell early, not letting unused assets sit around for too long.

Determining which assets are viable for resale is a complex task that requires significant technical knowledge. Your best bet is to partner with a reliable IT asset management company that has the expertise and experience necessary to make these determinations.

Of course, you also need to make sure that the company is enacting proper data security measures. Any hard drives need to be professionally wiped before being resold in order to ensure the highest levels of privacy and security.

E-Waste Recycling Efforts

Even when there’s no chance of recovering value, you can’t just throw out your used IT assets and devices. It isn’t a very environmentally friendly decision for your company — and it can even be illegal in some cases when devices contain hazardous materials like batteries.

E-waste recycling involves disassembling and sorting components to be properly recycled. Your devices contain important and valuable metals that can be easily recycled, reducing further demand for mining of the resources. These resources may include copper, gold, silver, and palladium.

Other components can be recycled, as well, including plastic components. Your electronics have batteries that have to be properly recycled to avoid serious contamination, as they contain toxic elements like mercury and lead.

Keeping these things out of landfills is a top priority for IT asset management companies and it should be for your business, as well.

Reuse Whenever Possible

Even if you do have new equipment, is there some legitimate use your business could have for the existing equipment?

Consider enacting a hierarchy for your equipment that allows parts to cycle from high-demand to low-demand applications. This lets you maintain optimal work efficiency while also ensuring that you’re getting the highest value out of every piece of IT equipment that passes through your doors.

Get a Professional Opinion

SEAM handles IT asset disposition and value recovery for businesses in North Dakota. We can help you to determine an effective strategy for getting the most out of your assets while ensuring responsible end-of-life disposal. Contact us today to get started!

SEAM provides IT recycling and data destruction services including onsite shredding and hard drive wiping to South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

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