What’s a No-Landfill Policy and Why Does It Matter to Your Business?

Sep 17, 2021

Your IT assets have to go somewhere when you’re done with them. If your business is environmentally conscious, you should make sure that “somewhere” isn’t a landfill.

IT assets contain valuable recyclable materials. Many also contain hazardous materials that aren’t suitable for disposal in just any manner.

There are many factors to consider during IT asset disposition, which is why it’s typically best left to the professionals. When you’re choosing an IT asset disposition company, make sure that they have a no-landfill policy.

A Real Commitment to Reducing Environmental Impacts

Many modern businesses make some effort to reduce their environmental impact — or at least appear as if they’re doing so. A company that is truly committed to environmental responsibility ensures that its standards are met by companies upstream and downstream in the supply chain.

What this means is that businesses have a responsibility to choose an IT asset disposition company that has a no-landfill policy. Every component of your assets should be either reused, recycled, or ultimately disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.

An asset management company with a solid no-landfill policy helps to conserve a variety of recycled resources but also fossil fuels and water that would be required to produce replacements.

By keeping IT equipment out of the landfill, you can recycle copper, silver, gold, and palladium, further reducing the need to mine those precious elements.

How IT Asset Disposition Keeps Equipment Out of the Landfills

Choosing a professional disposition is the best way to ensure that your assets stay out of landfills. These companies use a variety of methods and processes to ensure that assets are reused and recycled as much as possible while still maintaining your company’s privacy and security.

First, the company undertakes an asset evaluation to determine the condition of your equipment. In many cases, the equipment can be resold or otherwise reused.

If equipment is to be resold, hard drives are securely destroyed to ensure that no confidential information reaches the hands of the final buyer for the equipment.

Equipment that isn’t immediately marketable is disassembled and sorted. There are many individual components that can be resold, which means that sorting is a necessary step for recycling.

The professional disassemblers also take care to properly handle and isolate toxic substances like lead or mercury that may be present in some kinds of IT equipment.

This thorough approach is much more effective in terms of both environmental impact and value recovery for your business. By taking the time to sort through components, IT asset disposition companies are able to keep equipment out of landfills every year.

Environmentally Conscious IT Asset Management

If you want to dispose of your IT assets responsibly, SEAM provides these services with a no-landfill policy here in South Dakota. We strive to reuse and recycle as much as possible while ensuring that all non-reusable materials are reduced to their original elemental forms. Reach out to us today to find out more!

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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