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Repurpose or Recycle Your Old Hardware: Which One and How

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Why Tossing Hardware Out Isn’t a Viable Option

No matter how great the quality of your hardware, all equipment has a shelf life. Whether your equipment breaks or just becomes obsolete, there will come a time when you need to dispose of it – but how?

 If Captain Planet taught us anything in the 90’s, it’s that simply tossing trash in landfills has a devastating effect on the environment. Discarded electronics, or e-waste, cause even greater damage as these items often contain hazardous materials like lithium, copper, palladium, lead and cobalt or mercury.

If equipment is not properly disposed of, these harmful materials can wreak havoc as they seep into the earth and water supplies

Recycling Your Tech

When pondering the best, most eco-friendly way to dispose of your unwanted tech equipment, your first thought is probably to recycle it.

Recycling is a great option for discarding your e-waste. While it’s not as simple as tossing your tech equipment into the blue bin with the cardboard, it’s possible for e-waste to be disposed of in a way which ensures those elements don’t further contaminate the environment. 

It just takes a little research to find the proper place to take these items. Here’s a great resource to help you figure out how to recycle your old tech products.

And don’t forget, you can also donate some electronics (think old laptops or cell phones) to schools or other organizations who would be thrilled to have them!

What About the Option to Repurpose Hardware?

While there are two very obvious ways to go when it comes to discarding your unwanted tech ( taking it to the appropriate recycling center or donating it), those aren’t the only choices you have.

There’s always the option to refurbish and repurpose your old tech equipment through IT Asset Disposition. As you probably know, ITAD is the practice of properly decommissioning and disposing of hardware and electronic devices. 

However, ITAD is way more than the picking up and disposing of your unwanted stuff. It’s a start-to-finish process to get the most value out of obsolete equipment while limiting the negative environmental fallout.

Repurposing Hardware is Rewarding in More Ways than One

As ITAD professionals, sustainability and an understanding of the environmental impact of improper IT asset disposal is always on our minds. Reusing outdated equipment is one of our best tools to preserve our planet

It’s also a smart financial move for your business! 

When your business takes the initiative to refurbish and reuse older software, you can save money on both the disposal of old equipment and the purchase of new gear while building a more sustainable business.

Speaking Of Saving Money

So, you can’t just throw your old equipment in the trash, but who has time to do the research and leg work necessary to recycle your IT junk? Into the creepy storage closet next to the breakroom it goes. 

You might not realize it, but there’s tremendous value in your dust-collecting hardware.

It may seem daunting, but with a little time and effort (or a little help from an ITAD specialist), you can actually recover value on your otherwise unwanted tech.

To Recycle or Repurpose: That Is the Question

It’s a no brainer that recycling is the simpler option when it comes to equipment disposal, but is it the best option? While it does reduce some negative impact on the environment, it’s not a completely flawless practice.

Recycling electronics is an intense process due to how much equipment and many resources are needed to properly process the harmful materials needed to create them. In the end, repurposing and reusing your cast-off hardware is better for both the planet and your bottom line.

Repurposing your old hardware helps protect the environment while supporting your business at the same time. Schedule a call with one of our engineers today to get more value and life out of your gear.