As the year winds down, HOBI International, an R2-certified IT asset management and disposition provider busts some common electronics recycling myths.
MYTH: Only obsolete electronics end up in the landfill
TRUTH: Loads of slightly used electronics get tossed away every day!
With the rapid turnover of electronic devices on the market, consumers and businesses tend to either throw away or irresponsibly recycle old models. IT asset management organizations practice electronics refurbishment to give these forgotten devices a second chance. Most refurbished devices are just as good as new models, but with a couple exterior bumps and bruises.
The selling point? If you don’t mind not having the very latest model on the market, you can get a refurbished version of last year’s model at a fraction of the cost.
Find deals on refurbished tablets and laptops everyday at the HOBI Shop.
MYTH: Electronics recycling is not worth the time and money
TRUTH: R2-certified IT asset disposition organizations, like HOBI, strive to provide innovative recycling opportunities for businesses while still staying compliant with rules and regulations.
Responsible recycling isn’t free, but the cost of not complying with government regulations for disposing of electronics, your company and clients are at risk of hefty fines. Sending obsolete or even slightly used devices to R2-certified IT asset management and disposition experts gives peace of mind your IT assets are handled at the highest standards and are in compliance with all rules and regulations.
MYTH: Electronics sent abroad will be handled responsibly.
TRUTH: Developing countries that import e-waste and electronic devices have lax government regulation on electronics recycling.
As the e-waste epidemic in developing countries continues, so do environmental health concerns from hazardous disposal practices.
However, worldwide, the e-scrap collection market is projected to grow more than 14% during the period from 2012 to 2016. With the help of government rules and regulations, ITAD vendors and electronics recyclers across the globe are able to better, more responsibly process e-scrap. In fact, almost half of the United States have passed mandatory legislation for e-scrap management and recycling.
HOBI International is just one of the many certified ITAD vendors to contribute to the responsible recycling and reuse of electronic devices.
MYTH: Once data is cleared, it is gone.
TRUTH: Whether the device is thrown away or manually cleared, data can still be accessed.
Probably the harshest of truths, data erasure from a certified ITAD provider is the most sure-fire way to guarantee data security. Especially in a BYOD era where employees are sharing work and personal information on one unit, manually clearing devices does not always keep your sensitive information safe from data breaches.
That device just laying in the landfill for years is still susceptible to a data breach. The cost of a data breach is constantly on the rise, up to $136 from $130 per compromised record just in the last year. Not to mention, the financial toll of a data breach is expected to grow 10 percent each year through 2016 due to new discoveries of IT vulnerabilities.
IT asset management and disposition vendors possess up-to-date practices and expertise in both on-site and off-site data erasure methods.
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