Usually, when thinking of IT asset management, you may think of things such as data security, repair solutions, or cloud 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 cell phones 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.
These rising numbers mean more and more devices are disposed of every year. Choosing how to dispose of these devices, and even if they should be disposed of, can be difficult for enterprises with limited knowledge of e-waste and electronics refurbishing.
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.
- Check any downstream vendors
- A responsible electronics recycling and refurbishing company works with certified vendors. While a business may be working with an ITAD provider, that business is still responsible for all devices and their correct or incorrect disposal. For this reason, businesses should be aware of any downstream vendors, and their practices, that an ITAD provider works with.
- 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. HOBI offers many compliance assurance programs, along with full-scale IT asset management, to ensure our clients receive the best asset management at every step.