Technology is evolving every year, and now may feel like the perfect time to update your company’s IT infrastructure and dispose of outdated electronic devices. But decommissioning, recycling, and replacing your company’s electronic equipment is no easy task. As a business, you cannot simply delete the files and toss your electronics in the nearest recycling bin — you must have a process in place that accounts for concerns around data privacy, public reputation, and local regulations.
That’s why companies in all industries and of all sizes can benefit from developing a standardized IT asset disposition (ITAD) process. With the assistance of certified ITAD professionals, your business can ensure that consistent, safe practices are occurring at all times.
When it comes to your business interests, do you want generalists or specialists? Without a doubt, specialized service providers are best equipped to manage any aspect of your daily operations and help keep your company running smoothly.
Naturally, this includes ITAD services. Reputable ITAD service providers have obtained the necessary certifications, equipment, and skill to dispose of your company’s outdated electronic devices in a way that is both environmentally compliant and secure. So how can they leverage these specialist qualifications to empower and protect your business interests?
ITAD services allow your organization to dispose of equipment in an ethical and safe manner. A certified ITAD provider’s ultimate goal is to ensure that all of your electronic assets are decommissioned responsibly, which includes complying with regulations on the local, state, and national level.
Because e-waste disposal ordinances vary from place to place, mid-sized and large businesses may especially struggle to ensure that their various branches are meeting all applicable requirements. By entrusting their asset disposition to ITAD professionals, such companies can rest easy knowing that experts in the field are helping their team dot every I and cross every T.
On the other hand, when companies take it upon themselves to handle their e-waste, there is an increased risk that important regulations may be overlooked or ignored entirely. Is this a risk your business is willing to take? Bear in mind, non-compliant electronic disposal can result in hefty fines that could have easily been avoided with the help of a certified ITAD provider.
A critical element of effective ITAD is data security. Without the proper data protection and security measures, sensitive information can easily fall into the wrong hands, risking everything from clients’ and employees’ personal data to information on financial accounts or proprietary research. This can create a catastrophe for both your reputation and your bottom line, all from one improperly decommissioned device.
The unfortunate truth is that clicking the “delete” button won’t get rid of all information on your electronic equipment. If employees at your company are not familiar with the proper policies and procedures, they can easily miss sensitive information on your end-of-life electronic devices and put your organization at risk of experiencing a data breach.
By choosing a certified ITAD provider that offers data destruction as part of their recycling service, you can benefit from knowledgeable industry professionals wiping all data and sensitive information from your electronic devices. This comprehensive data destruction ensures that your company data is no longer available on old devices to be leaked or stolen.
At the crossroads of compliance and data privacy, ITAD also supports overall risk management. As always, companies are under an immense pressure to keep their operating costs low while meeting regulations within their own industry and business processes. For example, if your company is responsible for vast amounts of sensitive information, such as client credit card information, addresses, and social security numbers, your business will experience a greater amount of scrutiny from auditors and regulators.
When you form a partnership with certified ITAD providers, it enables your company to cut down on operational costs with improved risk management. With verifiable data destruction documentation and a trackable chain of custody for each IT asset, you can reassure regulatory authorities and your own stakeholders that all business processes are in line with standards, no matter your field.
Another potential benefit ITAD companies offer is an otherwise missed return on investment. Updating your company’s electronic assets can be expensive, especially in regard to up-front costs. Some companies choose to mitigate this investment by leasing equipment, especially large and costly devices such as copiers or printers. However, this decision can poorly impact their budget over the years. While leasing equipment allows businesses to have a low monthly payment, it will cost your company more when the hidden costs and interest are factored in.
Typically, it’s more cost-effective to purchase the equipment outright. This will allow your company to save money over time, and with the assistance of certified ITAD providers, you can resell your equipment if it is still in good condition. And even if it’s no longer useable, by choosing an ITAD partner that also offers commodities capabilities, you may be able to make some profit back from the raw materials in your decommissioned electronics.
Disposing of your electronics can seem like a hassle. Luckily, there are certified, reputable recyclers that will dispose of your company’s electronic devices the right way — implementing both ITAD services and commodity processing. An experienced ITAD provider will securely manage your company’s sensitive data, ensure environmental compliance, and oversee the logistics of disposing of your IT devices. So when it’s time to get rid of your old electronics, choose a partner you can rely on.
First America Metal Corp. (FAMCe) has over 30 years of experience helping businesses safely and responsibly recycle their outdated devices. Our high level of expertise and exceptional customer service has built our reputation as an industry leader, and we are committed to exceeding each client’s needs and expectations.
Want to recycle your old devices with confidence, compliance, and verifiable security? Contact FAMCe today for e-waste disposal and professional ITAD services that support your business interests from start to finish.