With the constantly evolving technology that surrounds us, it is no wonder that many businesses do not know what to do with their hardware once they have finished with it. Having worked in a University IT department and watched the annual run of PC replacements happen and the resulting piles of broken or old hardware that ensues I know what a problem that this can cause. Many companies look to have their assets recycled.
What Does Recycling Mean?
Computers and their related electronics are made up of many components. Many of the materials that make them up can easily be destroyed and recycled. What is important here is that because of the sensitive nature of what is often stored on these machines, the job of destruction and subsequent computer recycling process must be done in a way that ensures the security and integrity of any personal data which had previously been stored.
The most Secure Method:
In order to ensure the security of your data and have confidence that IT assets are being disposed of in a secure manner many companies are turning to third party specialists. These companies provide guarantees and certification that your old hardware and computers have been destroyed and recycled in line with the relevant UK regulations. This gives many businesses peace of mind and allows them to be sure that their personal data is at no risk of getting into the wrong hands. The specialist companies that will provide this service adhere to strict guidelines and it is much safer than taking matters into your own hands.
Good for the Environment:
In addition to knowing that you have no worries about private data breaches, companies who recycle their IT assets are helping to improve the environment. Many companies who throw their hardware and assets away into landfill are risking both their data security and adding to the growing problem of hazardous waste. It is important that these items are dealt with in a way that does not contribute to this issue. When hardware and electronics are recycled it cuts down on the amount of raw material needed for new products and therefore is environmentally friendly.
It is important to have a good relationship with any third party company who is going to be handling sensitive data. Research your options and speak to other companies about who they use. Recommendation is always a good indicator of good service. Take advantage of it.
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