Upgrading Your IT? 5 Tips For Disposing of Your Old IT Equipment

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Upgrading Your IT? 5 Tips for Disposing of Old Computers

How to Recycle Old IT Equipment

As one of the fastest growing streams of waste in Europe, old electrical equipment is becoming a landfill nightmare. The average lifespan of corporate IT equipment spans only two or three years, so recycling computers and ensuring you dispose of old computers correctly is paramount to sustainability.   You also have to ensure that your company stays compliant with the government’s WEEE directive. So if you’re in the process of upgrading your IT systems, here are our top five tips for disposing of computer equipment efficiently and in line with current legislation.

How to dispose of old computers and computer equipment

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1. Secure sensitive data

With data theft a growing concern, ensuring you erase all sensitive data before recycling old computers and other electronic devices is paramount. Take reasonable steps to delete all personal data from devices by clearing all files and reformatting hard drives. If you’re still concerned, organise for a third party company to provide you with support – arrange for them to wipe the devices of all data to ensure your recycling processes are safe and secure.

2. Identify responsibility for disposing of computer equipment

Managing corporate IT assets can be a mammoth task.  When it comes to replacing PCs, monitors, laptops, or servers, a company’s priority is to reduce downtime during the switch-over process. Having someone dedicated to the management of your IT assets is a good way of ensuring that downtime is limited. When you’re at the stage of disposing of computer equipment, your IT asset manager or IT team should have a process for logging all necessary repairs, replacements and disposals. That way you know that the replacement process will go as smoothly as possible.

3. Dedicate some storage space for IT recycling

Disposing of computer equipment doesn’t always mean that you’ll be able to get rid of the old assets straight away. As the new PCs arrive, will your IT team immediately be on hand to collect and dispose of your electronic waste? If that isn’t the case then you may need some suitable storage space for the equipment before recycling can be arranged. For an effective and swift IT equi process, compartmentalise your old IT equipment in accordance with the WEEE directive. This can help you to organise the equipment into different types of e-waste while in storage so that removal and disposal is as efficient as possible.

4. Work with a suitable computer recycling organisation

The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive is a set of regulations brought about by the European Commission in order to properly manage the disposal of all electrical equipment.  This ensures that treatment and recycling is improved and also  that hazardous substances emitted from electrical equipment are dealt with safely. Working with a reliable recycling organisation can remove the worry that you’re not in compliance with recycling regulations dictated by the WEEE directive. They will be able to organise the collection, and responsible recycling or disposing of computer equipment, taking the pressure off your internal IT team and saving your company valuable time.computer recycling

5. Have you got the correct documentation?

This point directly follows on from working with the right computer recycling organisation. With their knowledge, you won’t have to worry about getting hold of and completing the documentation needed for proof of compliance. Of course, you’ll have to manage the process, but with an outsourced recycling company to hand, you’ll be able to easily manage your corporate electronics disposal.

Need more detailed advice on how to manage computer recycling effectively? Download our complete guide to managing your IT equipment when it’s no longer meeting your business needs.

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2018-11-03T11:29:02+00:00July 19th, 2016|Categories: IT Leasing|


  1. Nate Johnson July 27, 2019 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    If you want to encompass all these steps into just one, it’s easy, you just call for an e-waste recycling service provider. A recycling company can recycle electronics for you and even handle secure data destruction. No fuss, no frills.

  2. James Sears December 19, 2018 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Interesting article. Disposing or even recycling computers and other IT equipment is quite tricky. They’re really not like other wastes that you can just throw in a trash bin and walk away. And just like what you’ve said on your 4th tip, I’ve also worked with a company to help me get rid of our office’s old computers and devices. And as you’ve also mentioned, it actually saved us valuable time as we don’t have to take care of the collection or the disposal work ourselves, which can be rather stressful. Thanks for sharing!

  3. BPI Auctions March 11, 2018 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tips!

  4. Jaque Christo December 28, 2017 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the post on how to take care of computer disposal. I didn’t realize there were hazardous substances that could be emitted from electrical equipment. Definitely, a good idea then when recycling electronics to work with a suitable computer or electronic recycling organization.

  5. Clara King May 9, 2017 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Interesting how people seem to forget about things like cables and what not when they’re recycling. Great tips though, thanks for sharing!

  6. Laptop Recycle March 1, 2017 at 5:11 am - Reply

    Thanks to share this article..

    Nice tips…

  7. Jenna Hunter December 13, 2016 at 1:04 am - Reply

    I thought it was intriguing that when disposing of computer one needs to take the steps to deleting all personal data. I though once you threw it away it was gone for good. I guess will need to track down my old computer and wipe it clean of my credentials!

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