FAQs For Business
What is IT Refresh Cycle and why is it important to think about recycling during your refresh cycle?
An average company’s IT refresh cycle is typically three years. What it really means is that when you purchase your computers, notebooks/laptops etc., you expect to replace it in about three years due to ever-changing technological advances and needs within your company. It is extremely important to think about recycling while refreshing, about responsible and secure IT Asset Disposition before replacing them with new ones. ITAD companies help you determine what the best way of dis-positioning those assets, which could involve reusing, reselling, re-marketing, redeploying or recycling.
What is average cost of holding on to old computers in storage to an organization?
International Data Corporation estimates that most corporations store old PC equipment for up to three years at a cost of $360 per machine, and then pay an additional $218 for its disposal. Why not recycle, reuse or refurbish through proper IT Asset Disposition at the time of deploying new assets?
Do you really know your electronics recycler?
It can be difficult knowing the right questions to ask when investigating potential recycling service providers. Even professional environmental auditors often do not have the proper training or experience to properly audit an electronics recycling operation in a way that protects their clients’ from data security and environmental issues. Moreover, making sure recyclers continue to perform as promised is very expensive, with even the most careful due diligence sometimes failing to protect your company. The complexity of effectively screening and hiring electronics recyclers leads many companies to award e-waste contracts to service providers with the lowest cost and, the lowest integrity.
Don’t think it can happen to your company? Here is an example featured in 60 Minutes of a firm pretending to be a responsible recycler but shown to be exporting e-waste to China. Your brand, the security of you data, and your stature as a good corporate citizen are all threatened by recyclers who do not follow clear and transparent standards for handling your old electronics. Some recyclers even use U.S. prison labor to reduce costs. (Reference Source: www.estewards.org)
Why is Data Destruction important in recycling computers and IT Assets?
It us important for every organization that there is no information security leak in the lifecycle of secure data. This can only be made possible through secure destruction and recycling. Recycling computers can be dangerous when handling sensitive data, specifically to businesses, storing tax records, employee information, trade secrets, financial information, client data, software and other invaluable information that amounts to years of work. While most people will try to wipe their hard drives clean before disposing of their old computers, it is not 100% assured.
Are there any laws regarding Information destruction on old IT Assets?
How to safely store Hard Drives and other media storage devices before recycling ?
It is important to store data storage devices properly while they’re waiting to be destroyed, wiped or recycled. Consider storing your hard drives and other media storage devices in e-bins or securely locked bins till they’re finally destroyed.
Who issues a “Certificate of Recycling” and “Certificate of Data Destruction”?
Certificate of Recycling is credible only if a certified recycler issues it. EPA recognizes two certifications; eStewards and R2. Companies holding these certifications are audited by third party auditors and have to go through rigorous training, process implementation, establish downstream accountability and a social and environmental management system. These certificates are issued upon recycling of your assets while destroying data as per NAID, NIST and DOD standards; a process certified companies get audited for.
Why is important that certified e-waste recycler issues “Certificate of Recycling” and “Certificate of Data Destruction”?
Would you rather have a certified e-waste recycling company carrying all liability insurances and a through data destruction process in place handle your IT Assets, or just any non-certified, random company hiring day labor to pick up assets, who probably haven’t gone through any background checks! It is important to understand “The Chain of Custody” and importance of “Secure Handling” of IT Assets. Issuing a “Certificate of Recycling” or “Certificate of Data Destruction” is easy, its WHO issues it that matters. Are these companies’ eStewards or R2 certified?
What are e-waste Laws? Is it legal to dump computers in trash or landfills?