Proper IT And Telecommunication Device Disposal

The shelf life of different telecommunications and information technology devices such as telephones, computers, laptops and printers has been decreasing over the last few decades. This is partly due to the rapid improvement in technology that results in the introduction of better models within a few months or years. This decrease in shelf life has also resulted in an unprecedented increase in the level of IT waste products. But, the question remains, how do we practise safe IT disposal to minimise the effects of the waste to the environment?

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Recycling Firms

All over the United Kingdom, there are various companies such as Concept Management UK that collect and recycle different IT equipment. How does this work? First, you contact the company to discuss the quantity and quality of the IT equipment that you would like to dispose off. Second, you make arrangements to either drop off the equipment or have them collected in case of bulk waste such as that found in large corporations.

Once in the warehouse, the equipment is sorted out to separate those that are in good working condition and the faulty ones. The ones in good working conditions can be sent for refurbishment and ultimately sold. The faulty ones are then dismantled and the parts separated according to their constituent materials. These then undergo various recycling processes and the end product sold to companies that manufacture or process various products. The parts that cannot be recycled as well as the waste products from the recycling processes are treated and disposed off accordingly.

Donation to charitable organisations

In the case that the IT and telecommunications equipment is in a good working condition, it is advisable to donate it to charitable organisations. Such equipment is then sent for use in different educational institutions around the globe- especially those that cater to the underprivileged individuals. This is especially applicable to desktop computers, laptops, printers and so on.

Importance of proper disposal of IT waste

Did you know that deleting information contained in hard drives does not necessarily eliminate the data completely. An IT expert can easily recover such information for their own selfish gains. To prevent this from happening, it is important to ensure that the information is not only deleted but that the hard drives are destroyed in such a manner that data recovery becomes impossible. This is one of the greatest benefits of professional IT disposal.

Information technology and telecommunications waste as well as waste electrical and electronic devices contain plastics, minerals, harmful substances such as lead and different metallic elements. By using recycling and WEEE centres to dispose off the equipment, these constituent parts are separated, sorted into elements that can be recycled and those that cannot and then used accordingly. Recycling prevents the release of plastics and other non-biodegradable elements into the environment and therefore minimises the level of water, air and soil pollution.

Proper disposal of waste facilitates environmental preservation and compliance with different regulations both at an individual and organisational level. Such compliance is important in developing strong ties in the communities we live or work in.