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Everything You Need to Know About IT Disposal

Published on 07 January 2021

Everything You Need to Know About IT Disposal

Commercial IT Disposal

Now more than ever, businesses have to be sure that they are guarding and disposing of confidential information effectively and securely. The UK’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect in May 2018, making secure use, storage and disposal of data an essential element to consider when looking to destroy equipment.

Regulations aside, this type of equipment cannot just be thrown into a bin and many businesses are increasingly looking for more environmentally friendly ways of disposing of IT equipment. It's therefore crucial that you dispose your assets through companies that are environmentally responsible, using the greenest methods possible to prevent items from ending up in landfill.

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When it comes to equipment disposal, there are four key areas that need to be considered before choosing a disposal company.

1 - All data must be destroyed through data erasure or physical destruction
2 - The process must be fully documented through a 'chain of custody' paper trail
3 - The items must not end up in landfill as dumping e-waste is illegal
4 - The provider must adhere to strict regulations like the WEEE directive and GDPR

It's also important to know the process your chosen company uses to dispose of IT equipment and other factors like whether they are an ITAD partner, so we've answered a few of the most common IT disposal questions to make it easy:

How does IT equipment get destroyed?

There are several ways that IT equipment gets destroyed. The first is data erasure where hardware is wiped clean with industry approved software which eradicates data completely and allows the equipment to be used again. It's essential that this data wiping is carried out by a professional, as simply deleting files only removes the pointers that tell you where data is stored and may not delete the data itself.

Another means of IT destruction is physical destruction. This is often the choice for very security conscious businesses who want to be assured that their data has been completely destroyed with no means of recovery. A reputable destruction company will either destruct items on-site if the client prefers or take them away for destruction at a secure facility.

Lastly there is recycling. This means of disposal is common for older equipment and is an eco-friendly option in the hands of the right company. An ITAD partner will work with downstream waste partners to ensure that any parts unfit for resale are recycled responsibly.

How do I know what to look for in an ITAD partner?

ITAD, which stands for Information Technology Asset Disposition, is the business of destroying and disposing of IT equipment. A reputable ITAD company will have the necessary accreditations, excellent industry experience and the right security measures in place to deal with very sensitive data.

These are some of the key elements you should look out for when choosing an ITAD partner so they are able to understand and carry out your needs correctly, follow all regulatory guidelines while destroying your equipment, protect your data and deliver a fully documented service from receiving the item to destruction.

It is also useful when finding an ITAD partner to choose a company that values sustainability and client convenience. An ideal partner will aim to reduce landfill contribution as much as possible and use eco-friendly measures to destroy equipment, as well as making the process easy and simple for you.

What are CSR benefits?

CSR, or Corporate Social Responsibility, is a measure of how much the IT destruction company you work with values what they can give back to their clients, the environment and the community. Any business can destroy of your equipment effectively, but working with a disposal partner that chooses to make a positive difference can also be beneficial for your company.

Elements of CSR to consider are how the company views charity and whether they support charitable donations like Restore Technology does by acting as an intermediary between the client and their chosen charity to transfer IT assets. You can also look at how they will support circular economy with your business by reselling equipment when data erasure has been completed and offering a rebate, as well as expanding the equipment's lifespan.

Why should I choose Restore Technology?

Not only do we destroy and dispose of IT equipment in a highly secure manner and strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible with a zero to landfill policy and environmental reporting, we also offer a wide range of other IT services. From offering server and data centre moves to providing secure data storage and resale & rebate, whatever your I.T needs are we're here to get I.T done.

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