IT asset disposition is all about contributing to a sustainable environment by recycling old electronics when they reach the end of their lifespan. The process typically includes several steps, from creating an efficient IT asset management system and data erasure to shredding and reverse logistics, but mobile processing differs from the traditional disposition process. Mobile device processing requires the implementation of safety measures for removing Lithium Ion batteries (LIBs) to prevent potential fire risks and extreme attention to detail when handling data erasure.
Buying a brand new phone can be exciting. It’s new,shiny and works much better than your old phone. However, closing the loop on the circular economy focuses on limiting the amount of raw material needed, and one way to accomplish this is maximizing value in mobile assets through repair, refurbishment, harvesting parts for reuse, and eventually recycling.
Repair: Some mobile devices collected for disposal have not reached the end of their useful life and can be repaired if certain information is available for that specific device. Repairing mobile assets helps maximize value and extend the lifespan for reuse.
Refurbishment: When old mobile electronics are eligible for resale, the refurbishment process means rehabilitation for the device. Even when purchasing used goods, nobody wants a phone that appears used or runs on outdated software, especially when it comes to smartphones. Repurposing mobile devices requires updates, cosmetic repairs and often reconstruction, but primarily, it reduces the overall amount of raw materials that would otherwise be used to manufacture new devices.
Parts Harvesting: Just because a piece of IT hardware has reached the end of its life doesn’t necessarily mean it’s useless. Depending on why the device was retired, many electronics have interior hardware that can be harvested and repurposed for another device.
Recycling: After each of these steps have been completed and all parts that can be saved have been harvested for reuse, the rest of the device is ready for recycling.
Finding an ITAD provider who follows these steps is important in maintaining a sustainable environment and contributing to a circular economy by extending the lifespan of retired mobile assets. HOBI International Inc. provides full service, post-launch Mobile Lifecycle Management for Mobility Managed Services programs. HOBI is ISO-compliant and focuses on maximizing economic return and eliminating potential environmental liability. For more information about our ITAD services call 877-814-2620, or contact HOBI at firstname.lastname@example.org.