Farewell my old friend!  How to Say Goodbye Smarter to Your Computing Device and Save the Planet

Farewell my old friend! How to Say Goodbye Smarter to Your Computing Device and Save the Planet

With the thrill of turning on a new digital device for the first time comes a responsibility: deciding what happens to the old one. Individual users and businesses large and small increasingly need to ensure that older equipment is managed responsibly at the end of its electronic life.

First, the bad news: According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2020, the world produced 53.6 megatons of electronic waste in 2019, but only 17% was collected and recycled.

However, the good news is that options have improved dramatically for managing older electronics, including professional asset recovery services. And there are CO2 offset services that help offset the carbon footprint. Here are five reasons to check it out:

  • It is now recognized that the management of the data residing inside the end-of-life device is as important as the management of the hardware.

Data is of enormous value, and ensuring it is securely destroyed can be a complex process. Businesses and individuals have different standards for data destruction, and many must comply with specific government requirements and privacy laws applicable to each location. For this reason, individuals and businesses were worried about the best way to manage data in an older device. Now, however, a professional partner can ensure that data is securely cleaned to all applicable standards and that the process is documented.

  • Choosing a green solution can also reveal hidden gold.

Inside every electronic device, several materials are waiting to be separated and transformed into resources for newly manufactured equipment. These include plastic, ferrous metals, cobalt, and even gold. For machines that are no longer usable at the component level, asset recovery helps, through the material recovery process, to return to the circular economy. With a professional solution like Asset Recovery Services, the value of smelted precious metals can be recovered and returned to the owner, to offset the cost of processing old devices, or even reduce the total cost of ownership for new ones.

  • The choice of a responsible solution is not reserved for large companies.

Disposing of devices professionally and safely may seem like something only large companies undertake, however, size does not matter, product end-of-life management programs can be used by organizations with as few as 50 devices. Small businesses and individuals should work with approved partners who collect end-of-life devices as part of asset recovery services.

  • There are other options than landfilling or recycling.

There are times when some of the devices that go through the asset recovery process are still performing at an acceptable level. It is therefore often an opportunity to give them a second life, to put them back into the economy as a second-hand device or to recover some of their parts for the refurbishment and repair of other machines. This is only possible after the data on the device has been securely wiped.

  • Purchasing new appliances made from recycled materials helps create a “virtuous circle” of recovering and reusing materials.

Assets recovered by professionals will be broken down into excellent raw materials, which can then be used with confidence by manufacturers to produce new high-quality devices. With the growing demand for products containing recycled materials, the value and market for these materials are also increasing.

A service provider that is a good fit for a business should know the ins and outs of disposing of devices on the business premises while offering options for recycling, possible remarketing, and donation. Having a plan in place for a smooth transition between devices can help boost the day-to-day operations of a business.

So do your part and say a smarter farewell to your computer.



The opinions expressed above are those of the author.


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