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Tips for Retiring, Recycling and Reselling School Computer Equipment

In order to protect students and staff, schools must comply with privacy laws like the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This means finding a responsible and secure solution when it’s time to replace outdated school computers and equipment. Using a responsible data security and disposal solution doesn't mean schools have to miss out on the opportunity to get money back from their equipment. 

In a competitive industry like electronics liquidation and ewaste recycling, it may be difficult to see what sets each contender apart. For the most part, they provide the same services to meet your needs- or at least that's how it looks. Certifications, experience, responsiveness, knowledge, reputation and flexibility are all key areas to consider when selecting an electronics resale or electronics recycling partner for your school.

How to Spot "Risky" Vendors:

  • When companies are certified, you can trust they are truly handling equipment securely and responsibly. However, if they make that claim, make sure they are listed on the organization's website they claim to be certified by - if not, that's a big RED FLAG.
  • Ask for a tour of their facility to witness the data destruction and wiping or erasure process. This is a great way to see if they can prove to you, without hesitation, what they say they are doing behind the scenes is true.
  • Look out for companies who are just looking to pay you for electronics without telling you what they'll do with the equipment they can't resell. You as the generator are on the hook for all equipment, regardless of who actually does the illegal dumping or export. Look for a company who will take the bad with the good, and properly dispose anything they can't sell. 
  • Ask about getting money back. If your equipment still holds value, as most school equipment does, you could and should be making money back on your IT equipment.

Finding the Right Solution

To find an electronics recycler, electronics reseller, or data destruction provider for your school that you'll benefit the most from, follow these tips:

  1. Ask for customer references- Are there other similar customers to your school who would recommend them?
  2. Ask for contacts within their company - Will you be helped by a real person or always be waiting for the next generic customer rep to assist you?
  3. Check their certifications - Look for R2 and e-Stewards certifications, and then double check the official websites to make sure they are current.
  4. Ask about remarketing and resale - Will they resell your equipment? If so, will you get value back from that? And how do they make sure the data is completely erased?
  5. Ask about compliance - How they will help you comply with your own requirements (FERPA)- Make sure they will help you stay in compliance with any legal requirements you may have.
  6. Ask about Reporting- Will they provide you with detailed reports for your equipment to fulfill any auditing requirements you may have?

 

SEAM is pleased to offer quick, convenient and secure data destruction and electronics recycling and resale services to Omaha, Nebraska, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and surrounding area schools seeking to protect their students. We ensure convenience, monetary returns, and peace of mind for Omaha schools. Contact us today at 605-274-SEAM (7326) or get a quote online to find out what we can do for your school.