The Main Methods of IT Hardware Disposal

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There are many ways to get rid of your networking equipment, but they’re all kind of a pain. You can stack up your useless hardware until it collects a pile of dust the size and consistency of an itchy Christmas sweater, but there are other options out there. Here are just a few:

Throwing It Out:

Actually, this is not an option. There are federal regulations in place to protect the environment from e-waste. You could get in a good deal of trouble and it could end up costing you the big bucks. Not the way to go. Moving on…

S.I.Y.:

Sell It Yourself. Are you able to provide satisfaction guarantees and warranties? Repairs and support? If the answer to these is a resounding “No.” and you’re trying to go on eBay in the hopes of scoring big, be prepared to be let down—most folks will not pay top-dollar for hardware that is unprotected and could be DOA (dead on arrival).

Hardware Disposal Service:

Of course, you’d have to pay for this service, but there are a few companies out there that will get the job done on your behalf, making sure all data is destroyed and then properly disposing of your e-waste. Again, though: $$$

Third-Party Reseller:

You probably figured we were going in this direction. But seriously, an IT reseller is the safest and most cost-effective way to go. When you find a trusted reseller, there is little risk involved and a greater return to be made on your assets. Consider how much money they were initially purchased with and then consider the needs for new future purchases; you’re going to want to cash these in for as much as you can. A trusted third-party reseller will also wipe all of your data thoroughly, so there’s no need to worry about data leaks from old assets. If they can’t sell it themselves, they’ll responsibly dispose of your gear—except this time, you’re making the money instead of spending it on a service.

Whichever way you choose, consider that you can reduce e-waste and make money at the same time.

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GreenIT: Technology Recycling and Responsible IT Disposal

Everything’s gone green.

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technology recycling!

Even though the lyrics have nothing to do with being eco-conscious, that New Order song was the first thing I thought of before writing this post. And then I realized that, despite all the trends and fashions that have come along with going green, the self-righteousness and ignorance alike from both sides of the debate, there is still such a thing as responsibility. More on that later.

There’s an age-old saying that it’s easier to destroy than it is to create. An object’s disposability often belies the efforts and resources that were spent in making it; the same is true for IT disposal. When we’re on to the next flashy piece of technology, we will ditch the old model with little understanding of the consequences. The very same technology that surrounds us may be churned out and updated at an excessively rapid pace, but there is quite a bit that goes into the production of that dusty old computer. A UN study found that 48lbs of chemicals, 530lbs of fossil fuels and 1.5 tons of water are used to produce one desktop computer tower and CRT monitor. For real.

So, what can you do? Better yet–what can planIT Hardware do? Remember trust falls? Don’t worry…I’ve got ya.

planIT Hardware has started what we like to call The Green Initiative. We want to produce environmentally responsible network solutions, and we think you can help. According to a 2009 report by the US Environmental Protection Agency, of the 3 million tons of e-waste disposed of in the US, only 17% was recycled. Just the act alone of buying from us is a big step in the right direction toward technology recycling. When you purchase used network equipment, you’re helping to stymie the production of new products (and, of course, you will save money). On top of this, we have our Asset Recovery Program.

Our Asset Recovery Program pays you to be responsible by extending the lifecycle of network hardware. Before you go taking your IT hardware out with the trash, you may want to think twice. Contact us about our buyback program and let us give you a quote. If a business deal can’t be made, we’ve got environmentally conscious IT disposal alternatives we can provide you with.

Either way, it’s a win.