Pile of old computers to be recycled

IT disposal is a very misunderstood subject, and as an asset management company specialising in the sector, we think it’s important to clear up some common misconceptions. That’s because these erroneous beliefs make it far less likely for people to explore their options when it comes to getting rid of their old laptops, PCs, and other equipment, which can have a really detrimental impact on the environment and your business.

To help clear up the confusion, here are four common misconceptions about IT disposal and the reality behind them.

1. It’s impossible to avoid landfill

One of the reasons that people loathe to look into their IT disposal options is because of the belief that old laptops and computers inevitably end up in landfill. In fact, here at Tier 1, the opposite is true, and we work to reduce waste rather than create it. Using a manual disassembly process, we break the items we receive down into their constituent parts so that they can be recycled and/or reused. Not only do our methods minimise waste, but they’re also much more environmentally friendly than employing big, energy-gobbling, machines to do this work for us. In addition, our downstream supply partners are audited as part of our ISO accreditations – meaning you can trust in our recycling process from start to finish.

2. It’s not worth reusing old laptops

Another reason that people often fail to look into their options is because of the belief that it’s not worth reusing old laptops. In reality, this is not the case at all, and corporate redeployment is actually a great way to reduce e-waste. In addition, ‘refurbish to redeploy’ schemes like our own can be a simple and easy way for your business to cut its costs moving forward.

3. E-waste is exported to developing countries

Those with a social conscience are naturally loath to participate in an industry that they believe exports its waste to developing countries. However, not all of the companies operating within the IT sector are guilty of such practices, and so long as you use a reputable outfit, this isn’t something you need to worry about. Choose your partner with care, and we promise you’ll have nothing to feel guilty about.

4. IT disposal is a hassle

Last but not least, it’s time to do away with the out-of-date notion that IT disposal is a hassle. In fact, companies like our own pride themselves on making it as easy as possible for our customers, with full, accurate reporting provided so that you can track each device throughout the entirety of the process. This means you can have complete peace of mind with minimal involvement necessary.

With IT disposal proving much easier than most people think, it’s time to review your options. Get in touch with our team today to find out more about what we do, including our innovative prison workshop and the unique CSR benefits it has to offer.

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