Still need a reason to launch your IT asset management program? Here’s 16 benefits of a responsible and successful ITAM initiative:
1. Identifying opportunities to reuse have significant positive affects on an organization’s carbon footprint, employee satisfaction and the organization’s reputation within its community.
2. Organizations engaged in reuse programs see a fiscal return of their sustainability investments through self-funded programs.
3. Electronics are unique in a sustainability program in that they are without exception the most valuable assets involved in a corporate sustainability program. They also pose the greatest risk from improper recycling of hazardous materials within the electronics materials.
4. Reuse is a means to prevent solid waste from entering the landfill, improve our communities, and increase the material, educational and occupational well-being of citizens by taking useful products discarded by those who no longer want them and providing them to those who do.
5. In many cases, reuse supports local community and social programs while providing donating businesses with tax benefits and reduced disposal fees.
6. Reuse requires fewer resources, less energy, and less labor, compared to recycling, disposal, or the manufacture of new products from virgin materials.
7. Reuse provides an excellent, environmentally-preferred alternative to other waste management methods, because it reduces air, water and land pollution, limits the need for new natural resources, such as timber, petroleum, fibers and other materials.
8. The Environmental Protection Agency identifies waste reduction as an important method of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a contributing factor to global warming.
9. For many years, reuse has been used as a critical way of getting needed materials to many disadvantaged populations. Reuse continues to provide an excellent way to provide populations with building materials, business equipment, medical supplies and other items they desperately need to maintain their economy.
10. Eliminating reuse distribution channels for electronics means the elimination of free collection pipelines and increases the amount of waste, including hazardous materials, entering landfills.
11. Many reuse centers are engaged in job-training programs, programs for the handicapped or at-risk youth programs.
12. When reusing materials, instead of creating new products from virgin materials, there is less of a burden on the economy. Reuse is an economical way for people of all socio-economic circles to acquire the items they need. It is less expensive to buy used than new.
13. Reuse saves natural resources. Waste is not just created when consumers throw items away. Throughout the life cycle of a product-from extraction of raw materials to transportation to processing and manufacturing facilities to manufacture and use-waste is generated. Re-using items or making them with less material decreases waste dramatically. Ultimately, fewer materials will need to be recycled or sent to landfills or waste combustion facilities.
14. The benefits of preventing waste go beyond reducing reliance on other forms of waste disposal by reducing costs. Reuse means economic savings for communities, businesses, schools and individual consumers.
15. Industry also has an economic incentive to practice source reduction. When businesses manufacture their products with less packaging, they are buying fewer raw materials. A decrease in manufacturing costs can mean a larger profit margin, with savings that can be passed along to consumers.
16. Consumers also can share in the economic benefits of source reduction. Buying reusable items frequently means cost savings. What is good for the environment can be good for the pocketbook as well.