How to Choose End IT Asset Disposal Service

Mar 25, 2019

IT assets, including computer equipment, printers, servers, cell phones, tablets, and so on, provide an incredible convenience for modern businesses. They perform mundane tasks at lightning speed and offer practically unlimited connectivity.

Of course, the turnover on devices is pretty high these days. Technology could last you anywhere from 1-5 years, depending on your needs, but at some point, you’ll have to upgrade and get rid of your outdated IT assets. Choosing the right service provider to professionally dispose of your old IT equipment is imperative if you want to protect your business and your customers, as well as remain on the right side of the law.

How can you find an end IT asset disposal service that will meet all your needs? There are a few key elements you’ll want to focus on.

Services Offered
First, you have to find a company that offers the services you need, from hard-drive shredding, to e-waste recycling, to wiping and remarketing still-usable devices. Do they offer on-site shredding so you can watch while hard drives are destroyed by industrial shredding equipment?

Do they provide secure on-site storage with locking bins, along with pick-up and transportation to a secure facility for processing? Do their e-waste recycling practices meet your standards for environmental protection and compliance with applicable environmental laws?

Before you partner with an IT asset disposition (ITAD) service provider, you need to make sure that the services you need are offered, and that standards and practices fall in line with any legal requirements to which your business is beholden.

Compliance
This is a biggie. Ultimately, you’re responsible for complying with all applicable laws where data destruction and e-waste disposal are concerned. After all, if something goes wrong, you’re the one who’s going to suffer a data breach or customer identity theft, along with all the repercussions that follow (penalties, law suits, loss of reputation, etc.).

If you’re going to trust a third-party vendor to manage your IT asset disposal, you need to team up with a reputable and reliable company that values compliance with applicable laws as much as you do. This should include compliance with federal, state, and local privacy laws, as well as industry-specific regulations (financial, healthcare, governmental, etc.), along with proper standards for e-waste recycling.

How can you be sure you’re not just getting lip service? Ask about certifications and oversight, including independent auditing procedures performed by notable groups. You’ll want a certified ITAD service provider, and you should ask about memberships and approvals from organizations like the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) and e-Stewards, just for example.

Chain of Custody Tracking
One of the best ways to gauge the trustworthiness of any business partner is through transparency. When it comes to IT asset disposal, this means options like serial number tracking for individual devices, the ability to check progress 24/7 via a client portal, detailed asset reports, and Certificates of Destruction and Recycling for your records.

For businesses in and around the Sioux Falls, SD, North Dakota, and Omaha areas, the best choice for end IT asset disposal is SEAM. Contact the qualified professionals at SEAM today at 605-274-7326 (SEAM) or online to learn more.