Check Before You Chuck It: 7 Mistakes to Avoid with IT Asset Disposal
By: Michele Hope
Once legacy data has outlived its usefulness, what should you do with it: Repurpose it? Resell it? Recycle it? Destroy it? As it turns out, with IT asset disposal, you may be able to do all of the above.
What we're talking about is e-waste and a lot of it. This includes old computers, computer hardware, printers, fax machines, scanners and even consumer TVs and cell phones. According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), about 50 million tons of e-waste are produced globally each year. For 2013, the EPA claimed roughly 1.87 million short tons of e-waste. It also claimed that only about 40 percent of such end-of-life electronics were slated for recycling. In fact, as much as 70% of heavy metals in U.S. landfills currently comes from these types of discarded electronics, according to the IETC.
Given such sobering figures, it makes sense to keep track of your organization's IT asset disposition (ITAD) practices. Here are some mistakes to avoid—whether you're disposing of 1 or 1,000 items:
While you can certainly go it alone when it comes to IT asset disposition, organizations most involved in reducing risk often rely on trusted third-party experts to ease the process. Learn more about how Iron Mountain can help.