March 13, 2014
All modern businesses rely on electronic equipment to succeed and prosper – from computers to scanners and printers to copiers the modern office is packed with electronic wizardry. Many people find the problems arise when some of their office IT equipment needs to be replaced. They don’t always know the best way to deal with it or what they can do with it.
Throwing away IT equipment is not an option – filling up landfills is bad for the environment and against the law. IT equipment often contains toxic materials like lead, mercury and arsenic which spread into the soil from landfill sites and that’s not good.
So what are the options? – reuse or recycle.
You might be able to donate your unwanted IT equipment to a charity or non-profit organization like the Salvation Army giving them the option of selling it on to raise money for people in need. This might even make your business qualify for some sort of tax deduction. As well as your old office IT equipment they may also be interested in taking any old office furniture off your hands.
You could also ask the supplier of your new IT equipment if they offer a service to take back unwanted IT equipment in order for it to be recycled. You may have to pay a small fee for this service but hey, we all have to do our bit for the environment. Many local communities have recycling options for used IT equipment and will gladly pass on any information you need.
IT equipment recyclers will dismantle the equipment to harvest any usable parts for re-selling or re-using. It is, however, important to mention that you can put the security of your business at risk if you pass on your used IT equipment and computers to an unscrupulous organisation.
At Recycling Your IT, we offer free recycling services across the South East.