What happens when IT equipment needs replacing?
“The average lifespan of a corporate PC is between 24 and 36 months”
Given the statistic above, it’s unsurprising that organisations are updating their computer hardware almost constantly. A direct result of this is the colossal amount of e-waste that is becoming a worldwide problem.
But what happens when your IT equipment reaches the end of its life? Is it just a case of throwing it all into the nearest skip? Certainly not. To combat the issue of electronic waste, the UK government introduced the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive which looks to reduce the amount of electronic equipment that ends up in landfill.
In order to be compliant with the directive and make end-of-life IT equipment management at your organisation easier there are certain things you can do. These include:
- Identifying the person(s) responsible for end-of-life management
- Tracking and measuring… everything
- Storing the equipment safely
- Finding a suitable and qualified recycler
- Completing the process with documentation
- Always being secure
Finding a suitable recycling organisation and completing the necessary paperwork is key to meeting the legal requirements of the WEEE directive, but few things are as invaluable to the process as identifying the person(s) in charge of end-of-life management.
Modern organisations have a colossal amount of IT equipment and are generating electrical waste at a never-before-seen rate. Asset managers are responsible for sourcing, acquiring and managing the equipment, but when it’s no longer performing at an optimum level, they simply look to replace it.
This means that computers, keyboards and printers are typically scattered around offices and hidden in cupboards, when in fact they should be recycled or reused elsewhere. This is where appointing a person(s) in charge of end-of-life management for IT equipment can be your saving grace. By locating and storing the equipment; then liaising with the recycling organisation and ensuring regulatory compliance, this one person can carry out tasks that would otherwise tie-up your IT staff or asset manager.
To find out more about managing your IT equipment when it no longer meets your business needs, download our latest tip sheet: IT equipment end-of-life management