When the time comes to get rid of your old or outdated computer or electronic equipment, opting for secure computer recycling is smarter than throwing out your unwanted IT equipment. With both new and updated versions of computers, laptops, phones and tablets, servers and hard drives coming out every year, there is a higher rate of IT turnover and right now you may be considering your IT disposal options.
In order to comply with legislation and to ensure the sustainability of our planet, reusing and recycling is the answer. Dumping computers damages the environment, and puts your security and reputation at risk, as the data on old IT equipment is in danger of being stolen. It also means you miss out on the of benefits of secure computer recycling.
Here are five reasons not to dump IT!
- Preserve natural resources
As part of the secure computer recycling process, any components that can be recycled are removed and dismantled into parts and then reused in the fabrication of new computers. By extending the life of these components, it reduces the need to source and create new materials like plastic, metal and glass, ultimately lowering the amount of e-waste created.
- Protect the environment
Computers and electronic equipment contain hazardous materials like lead and mercury which can be damaging to people, animals and the environment if improperly disposed of. By taking the eco-friendly approach of secure computer recycling, we can ensure that these toxic wastes are handled in a safe way. At AMI’s Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATF), equipment is separated and depolluted before remaining waste is shipped to accredited recycling partners.
- Generate value back
Even better than safe and responsible secure computer recycling is IT asset reselling. Be it servers, computers, smartphones or any other data-bearing device, working with a disposal partner will allow you to securely resell this equipment, providing a revenue return.
AMI’s expert refurbishment process and multiple sales channels, enable us to maximise the value of your old IT equipment. With cash on offer, why dump IT?
- Have a positive impact in your community
Although you may not have a use for old IT equipment, it may still be useful to other users. Secure computer recycling is a great opportunity to give something back to the community. From community programmes which help to teach IT skills, to local schools and any other charitable organisation, there are many causes which can be aided by a computer donation.
AMI can manage the process of making a donation from start to finish.
- Avoid fines and security risk
If you fail to work with a responsible IT disposal partner, or simply dump unwanted IT equipment, you run a high risk of incurring a data leak and heavy subsequent fines for failing to comply with legislation like GDPR. By working with an accredited IT disposal partner like AMI, you are assured that all equipment will be handled in accordance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive and in line with your GDPR obligations.
Furthermore, we guarantee that less than 1% of material we recover from IT equipment ends up in landfill, so your conscience can be clear about any environmental damage.
Given the benefits to both the environment and your business of secure computer recycling, hopefully this blog has convinced you to choose to recycle old IT equipment rather than simply dump it.
AMI can ensure that old IT equipment is securely disposed and that all of your sensitive data is completely wiped, guaranteeing your security.