Now that the holidays have ended, and everyone is enjoying their new electronics, this is the perfect time to discuss what to do with your old devices. Or maybe your office just upgraded its IT equipment and now there’s a pile of discarded hardware in storage. No matter the reason for retirement, we’re here to help you find an environmentally friendly disposal method for all of those unwanted devices.
First, how do you get rid of old IT assets? Is there more than one way to dispose of them? The answer is yes, there are multiple methods of disposal for electronic devices, however, HOBI is here to tell you why recycling is the most beneficial of methods. Most think of old cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices as they would any other waste, it’s trash, but e-waste is much different than your average waste and can be much more dangerous to your personal health as well as others when disposed of improperly. One method many use for its convenience is landfills. Why not just dump it with the rest of the garbage? Here’s why: electronics are manufactured with many precious metals that when left in landfills for too long leak harmful chemicals which can soak into the soil and pollute groundwater. This will eventually contaminate the surrounding drinking water supply and if gone unnoticed, can lead to long term health issues down the road. Another method is Incineration, the burning of waste, however, many incineration facilities pollute the air with the chemicals being burned from the electronics.
IT asset disposition (ITAD) facilities like HOBI International collect your old, unwanted IT assets and ensure that no harm comes to our environment by recycling the devices. Not only that, but HOBI offers repair and refurbishment services as well for all mobile devices and tablets, prolonging the life of a discarded device. This helps reduce the overall demand for new devices to be manufactured, which reduces the need for energy and resources required to manufacture new products. Unlike landfills and incinerators, HOBI completely erases any residual data left on devices before recycling or repair, ensuring that none of your personal information is leaked in the process. It’s important to find an ITAD provider that prioritizes data security. Sometimes electronics are stored for a certain amount of time in warehouses before processing, and when you’re searching for an ITAD partner it’s critical to know that your data is secure.
Another thing to look for when searching for an ITAD provider is compliance. Keeping up with certifications and legislative requirements for electronic disposal is key to maintaining client trust and satisfaction. HOBI is R2, RIOS and ISO-14001 certified, and each of our three HOBI facilities undergo yearly audits for recertification.
For more information about our ITAD services call 817-814-2620, or contact HOBI at firstname.lastname@example.org.