Proper IT asset management is the key to creating a sustainable closed-loop circular economy, especially when it comes to mobile asset management. The world is overrun with technology, but the primary device used across the globe is mobile phones. Statistics show that 7.26 billion people in the world own a mobile phone, 6.64 billion of which are smartphone users. This means that 97.54 percent of the world’s population have mobile devices, and 83.72 percent own smartphones. Mobile devices alone make up a large portion of the world’s technology, and eventually, its toxic waste. However, with proper mobile asset management many users can preserve natural resources and help contribute to a circular economy.
The economy currently uses a linear system, which follows a take-make-dispose plan, however, the recycling industry advocates for the switch to a circular economy, an idea largely based on the reduction, reuse and recycle of resources and the elimination of waste altogether. Unless someone is familiar with the IT asset disposition industry, most do not associate recycling as a disposition method or electronics, but proper IT asset disposition is a large contributor toward a circular economy, and IT asset management is the first step.
More than 1.5 billion smartphones are sold every year, which means mobile phones are discarded every year in favor of newer models. In order to help preserve natural resources used in manufacturing new devices, there are several steps we can take as users.
First, reducing the amount of new devices manufactured is crucial, and this is only possible when other sources of purchase are available. By refurbishing old mobile devices for resale, enterprises create an extra channel for used mobile phones, providing an alternative to purchasing brand new devices. More often than not there is someone who has already discarded a newer smartphone model, so when you decide to purchase a new device, consider purchasing a used device instead. In addition, if you do decide to purchase a brand new device, pass your old mobile phone to a sibling or relative for reuse.
When mobile devices have reached the end of their useful life cycle, recycling eliminates the possibility of the device being sent to a landfill, and provides scrap material for reuse in future devices. By recycling old devices we preserve the natural resources, time and energy required to make new devices. Electronic recycling facilities close the loop in a circular economy, and provide the necessary materials to keep the cycle going.
HOBI International is an R2, RIOS and ISO 14001 certified IT asset management and disposition enterprise that focuses on maximizing economic return. Our mobility managed services include maximizing the availability of mobile assets both during their useful life and during disposition via the repair, refurbishment and remarketing of used mobile devices.
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