With the year coming to a close, and 2022 quickly approaching, it’s probably around that time to upgrade your electronics. Whether you’re searching for a new laptop for research papers, switching out office hardware, or catching the newest smartphone before the sales end, it’s important to know how to properly dispose of your old electronics. IT asset disposition is often glazed over when shiny new devices are ready for installation, but disposing of IT equipment is extremely important for personal health, as well as the environment. Below are some tips for upgrading and retiring old electronics this holiday season in an eco-friendly manner.
Reduce: It may be tempting to wait in line for a brand new piece of technology, especially around the holidays, but one way to reduce the amount of raw materials needed for manufacturing is to purchase refurbished devices instead of brand new ones. Often, refurbished devices are more cost efficient, and contribute to preserving natural resources in the long run.
Reuse: Reusing electronics is another way to extend the life of an electronic device and conserve natural resources needed to make new ones. Many of the devices that are retired still have a little use left in them. The next time you upgrade to the newest smartphone, or purchase new AirPods, consider donating your old devices to a friend, sibling or, another family member instead of getting rid of them. There’s no reason to waste perfectly functional devices when there is always someone else in need.
Recycle: Electronic waste is not like your average waste, it can’t be thrown out with the trash. Some electronics are manufactured with precious metals containing harmful chemicals that contaminate groundwater when left in landfills for too long. Some also contain Lithium Ion batteries that may cause potential fires if handled poorly. Recycling is the most environmentally friendly process of disposing of old electronics. IT asset disposition facilities collect anything from old cell phones to retired office technology, and ensure that they are properly disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. ITAD enterprises take care of the hard part, and recycle your old IT assets so that they are not dumped in landfills or creating polluting air via incineration.
HOBI International Inc. is a premiere IT asset management and disposition enterprise with a primary focus on maximizing economic return and mitigating environmental liability. We offer a range of services from data erasure and security, to reverse logistics. HOBI also offers repair and refurbishment services for all mobile devices and tablets, reducing the amount of e-waste produced via resale of devices that have yet to reach the end of their life cycle.
For more information about our ITAD services call 877-814-2620, or contact HOBI at firstname.lastname@example.org.