The Internet of Things has grown and continues to change as technology evolves. During the last few years it has grown even more as society shifted primarily towards a remote work environment. Even today there are companies working remotely, using popular virtual platforms such as Zoom or Mark Zuckerberg’s Horizon Workrooms for meetings, projects etc. We have self check-outs at the grocery store, online ordering options for fast food, and contactless pay options such as Apple Pay that all allow us to live daily life as hands free as possible. The question is, what does the influx of technology mean for the recycling industry? Specifically, the ITAD industry.
IT asset disposition enterprises like HOBI International are responsible for the safe disposal of retired IT assets. Without them, electronic waste would pile up in landfills where chemicals will eventually seep into the soil and contaminate groundwater, or incinerators, which would pollute the air. Safe, eco-friendly disposal for e-waste is critical in order to preserve the environment and maintain a clean, safe atmosphere, and ITAD facilities achieve this via electronic recycling. Recycling electronics ensures that no harmful chemicals are leaked into the environment, and provides recycled scrap for future reuse, reducing the amount of raw materials needed for manufacturing new products.
However, the more technology evolves the more electronics are made, generating even more e-waste every year. A remote work environment has resulted in higher electronic consumption rates as more people prefer to use their own personal electronics at home, all of which will inevitably need to be upgraded. This leads to the purchase of new electronics every year, leaving the old, retired devices to be disposed of. This cycle will eventually cause more e-waste to pile up than there is room for in ITAD facilities, which is why it is important to consider alternatives.
As the world slowly returns to some semblance of normalcy, there are several things you can do to help reduce the amount of e-waste generated. First, reduce the amount of new electronics you purchase by using your current devices until the end of their life cycle rather than purchasing the newest device every year. Consider purchasing used, refurbished devices as an alternative to brand new ones, and pass down your old electronics to siblings, friends or family members. When your devices have reached the end of their useful life cycle, take them to recycling centers where they can be broken down into scrap for future use.
HOBI offers full-service Mobile Lifecycle Management (MLM) for Mobility Managed Services (MMS) programs, and focuses on maximizing the availability of mobile assets during their useful life, as well as disposition. Our repair and refurbishment options prolong the life cycles of all mobile devices and tablets, providing tremendous economic benefits to our clients as an alternative to purchasing new devices.
For more information about our ITAD services call 817-814-2620, or contact HOBI at firstname.lastname@example.org.