Common Electronics Recycling Mistakes

Amora R Jelo

Technology is constantly evolving. Your IT equipment might also be in constant use. These factors can contribute to the need to dispose of IT assets. Is your company able to dispose of information technology assets at the end of their useful life? Is your business looking to repurpose equipment? Can you sell it? Do you want to dispose of it? If you don’t manage it properly, even if your business doesn’t use the equipment anymore, it could pose a threat to your business.

These are the top electronics recycling errors that you should avoid.

Throwing Your Data Away

There is always the possibility that data from old equipment could fall into the wrong hands. Also, sensitive data could still be accessible if the equipment is not properly disposed of. Formatting a drive does not suffice. It is necessary to delete all data from your drives to the Department of Defense 52220.2-M standard. This will ensure that nothing can be recovered from the drive.

Uncertain of Where Your Equipment Ends

Are you able to track where your electronic goods are going after they have left your company? Although you may have sold them to a third-party company, can you be certain that the equipment will not end up shipping overseas?

Many third-world recycling companies that use child labor to degrade electronic items from western countries have unethical practices. You should ensure that you are using a responsible recycling company.

Do It Yourself

You might have forgotten that some IT assets can be very harmful to the environment if you decide to dispose of them yourself.

Many businesses don’t have the skills or resources to properly dispose of electronic equipment in a safe and sustainable manner. Circuit boards can contain high levels of heavy metals, which can be harmful to the surrounding environment. These materials should be handled only by specialists. These components will need to be separated and safely disposed of.

We Are Not Researching Your Compliance

Are you familiar with the state regulations for disposing of data and hardware? Your business could face a fine if you dispose of your equipment in violation of federal or state regulations. You have to follow specific guidelines if you have handled customer or medical records.

An Electronics Recycling Company Is A Good Choice

You can rest assured that all your data will have been completely deleted by an electronics recycling company. All disposals will take place in a safe, environmentally-friendly manner.

This post was written by Steven Elia Co-Founder and Recycling Director at eCycle Florida. eCycle Florida is an R2 Certified electronics recycling company in the state of Florida. Our processes and procedures are dedicated to the proper destruction and recycling of your electronics. eCycle Florida is your go-to for electronic recycling in Tampa

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