It’s hard to imagine the world now without computer equipment.
From the boom of the 1980’s and over the 20 years that followed, the electronic revolution spread more ever-evolving technologies into our homes, businesses and into our pockets; resulting in vast electronic waste
Since the turn of the 21st Century, businesses and consumers have paid more attention to the impact of E-Waste on the environment when it reaches the end of its lifecycle. Here are some staggering facts for you:
20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed of worldwide every year. According to the EPA – Only 12.5% of worldwide e-waste is recycled. In 2016 alone, Jersey handled 1,036 tonnes of E-Waste*
As the demand and awareness of this problem has increased, IT asset disposition services (ITAD) have advanced to meet the growing needs of enterprise.
But what is an ITAD service? ITAD is an acronym for IT Asset Disposition. In short, an ITAD business specializes in disposing of redundant IT equipment in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
So how does a business benefit from a responsible approach to IT disposal?
1. Data Security – This phrase has been THE hot topic of 2017. It’s important for businesses to make every effort to avoid data breaches for legal and compliance reasons. However, redundant equipment that is destined for recycling, or even charitable donations, will still contain highly sensitive information. The most secure method for data destruction is to appoint a professional company who specialize in the destruction of electronic data storage media.
2. Financial benefits – Businesses are regularly faced with the costs of managing their IT assets. The technology industry moves fast, and older hardware may no longer serve a purpose but this does not mean it’s of no use. Some equipment may be eligible for re-sale rather than recycling. This is a way to re-coup potential losses and an ITAD company such as Galaxy can advise and potentially offer to offset these items against your disposal costs.
3. Environmental impact – Businesses have a responsibility to consider the environmental factors when purchasing; whilst fulfilling business needs. The same can be said when disposal is required. As the ‘end user’ in the supply chain, there is a responsibility as a consumer to consider the ways in which we can all minimise waste generation. Appointing an ITAD company with a zero to landfill target such as Galaxy demonstrates a commitment to conserving natural resources.
Find an ITAD partner that is right for your business.
Galaxy Computer Brokers were established in 1995 and operate as the Channel Islands only dedicated ITAD vendor. We are an award winning company which is dedicated to promoting sustainability for its clients. This approach had resulted in our achievement of the ISO14001 Environmental Management, ISO9001 Quality Management and BS EN15713 Secure Destruction standards. Galaxy provides IT asset recovery, on-site data destruction and WEEE registered recycling.
Source: * gov.je statistics