Usually, when thinking of IT asset management, you may think of things such as data security or data management. While these are all important functions of a successful IT management system, the most important component may sometimes be overlooked: compliance.
Making sure your ITAD provider is environmentally compliant is not only a moral obligation, but also a legal obligation. Compliance ensures that all electronic devices in your IT scheme are properly disposed of, this means recycling devices or refurbishing them to their best ability.
Electronics recycling is a rapidly growing industry. With 300 million computers and 1 billion cellphones placed into production yearly and up to 50 million metric tons of e-waste disposed of each year, the electronic recycling market is estimated to grow to $14.7 billion this year.
E-waste is extremely hazardous for the environment and for any living organisms that may come into contact with the waste. This can lead to radiation poisoning, increased cancer rates and other life threatening consequences. For this reason, it’s imperative to pair with a certified ITAD provider.
Here are three tips on how to select the best ITAD provider:
- Ask yourself, “What’s the catch?”
- If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Certain ITAD providers may claim they are able to dispose of your e-waste with no cost towards you, but take this with a grain of salt. Recycling electronics in compliance with government regulations can become costly, so vendors may take the cheaper, but not so legal, route. But remember, fines for illegal electronics disposal cost more financially and cost your reputation as a business.
- Identify your downstream vendors
- You are responsible for all of your devices during the ITAD process. Knowing your downstream vendors and partners helps monitor that they are using environmentally compliant practices so that no fines are received later in the process.
- Check certifications
- The easiest way to ensure your ITAD provider is to research any certifications they may have. Certifications such as R2/RIOS show commitment towards responsible electronics recycling. These types of certifications also ensure that an ITAD organization is using compliant downstream vendors, as they must audit their downstream partners yearly.
Partnering with a certified ITAD provider eases any stress or confusion that may come from proper electronic device disposal. By pairing with a certified electronics recycler, companies can remain confident that their devices are being disposed of in an environmentally conscious manner.
HOBI International is a R2/RIOS and ISO 14001 certified IT asset Disposition Company. We believe in providing the best practices in processing hazardous and non-hazardous materials that may be found in any electronic equipment.
When pairing with an ITAD organization, remember what’s at stake. Check any and all certifications and compliance practices to ensure your company isn’t at risk.