Commercial consumers increasingly have come to rely on digital technology in order to remain competitive in their respective industries. A combination of high demand and rapid innovation has resulted in the prices of new electronics devices being driven down, eliminating what was once a significant factor preventing corporations from updating their commercial electronics inventory. Planning an extensive commercial electronics upgrade requires careful planning and consideration to decide how to replace old devices, what to do with the old devices, and if you’re recycling, how to manage a large scale e-waste recycling project. Let’s break down each step in detail.
Are You Buying New Or Used Electronics?
Whether you’re handling a telecom project or an upgrade of your office computers, there’s a chance you might not have to purchase brand new devices. Going into the upgrade process with a detailed plan outlining your digital needs, you can coordinate with your electronics vendor to determine what devices will meet your needs. If your day-to-day computer needs don’t require the latest technology, you have the opportunity to save money and reduce e-waste by purchasing refurbished products. If you do require new technology, it’s important to balance your budget against ensuring the technology you purchase addresses your future needs, so as to reduce e-waste on the back end.
Donate or Recycle?
Once your organization has laid out the plan for upgrading devices, your team needs to determine what to do with your old devices. If your devices are still functional and could provide another organization with a necessary solution, you should consider donating the technology. Donations extend the life of devices and defer the risk of e-waste making it into a landfill.
If your devices are past their useful lives, recycling is the best option to ensure your devices don’t end up contaminating the environment. The best option is to search your local area for companies with commercial electronics recycling programs. Retailers such as Office Depot and Best Buy offer limited recycling options. As environmental awareness grows, more organizations are getting into the recycling game to do their part in providing robust e-waste disposal programs, but it’s important to do your homework on a service provider before simply dropping off your bulk e-waste.
Don’t Forget Secure Data Destruction
If you’re going to be recycling technology used in the course of doing business, and your company manages sensitive or private data, it’s crucial that your recycling plans include plans for the secure destruction of the data stored on each device. Determine if degaussing is the best option or if you need to ensure device destruction and a valid certification of destruction from the service provider.
Drop It On Our Doorstep – We’ll Take Care of the Rest
Located south of Seattle, Washington, 1 Green Planet is a recycling service that lives up to its commitment of providing sustainable recycling services with zero waste and zero landfill impact. Committed to helping the community and small to large businesses protect the environment, we offer a free extensive electronics recycling service on a commercial scope for businesses willing to drop off their e-waste to us. For a few, we’re able to make arrangements for pickup and disposal and we offer secure data destruction for organizations concerned with the privacy and security of any data that might remain on their devices.