E-recycling choices matter

It pays to think beyond disposal

Posted on Oct 30, 2020 :: Partner
Posted by Chad Hayes, chief technology officer & director of e-recycling, Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction

Information and privacy are consistently in the news and on our minds. When it comes time to upgrade mobile phones, computers and other electronic equipment, it’s critical to understand what will happen with the personal information stored on end-of-life devices as we move on to the new generation of technology.

Companies, schools and other facilities looking to dispose of electronics often scramble searching for a provider that can handle the work without risking security or environmental hazards. These organizations can realize benefits by vetting their e-recycling partners for capabilities beyond mere disposal.

Certifications are only the beginning

A trusted electronics recycler should have certifications showing they follow certain standards of quality. For example, Sadoff Iron and Metal’s certifications include ISO9001, 14001, 18000, R2, and Green Tier. These certifications show our quality has been validated by independent third parties, but quality doesn’t end with a certificate.

E-recycling has many facets, so it’s important to understand a provider’s process and approach. Asking to visit the facility and review the process is a good starting point in determining if a company is the right fit for handling your important data and recycling needs.

The benefits of consultation

Before any recycling is done, a provider should meet with you to develop a custom solution based on your needs. During this initial meeting, the provider should assess not only what needs to be destroyed, but also what can be remarketed. This helps you quantify the value of your materials and determine whether you can expect to get some money back.

For data destruction, each company and person will have different needs and expectations. So, a provider should offer options ranging from a single certificate of destruction for an entire load to an asset disposition for every individual piece of equipment. You should be able to request photo documentation or even to be present at the time of destruction.

When you’re looking to buy new equipment, expert consultants can advise which options will have more recycling value in the future. Although markets can change unexpectedly, having a partner with a thorough knowledge of recycling and the value of materials provides an advantage that benefits the IT department as well as purchasing, accounting and management.

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Chad Hayes is the chief technology officer and director of e-recycling at Sadoff E-Recycling & Destruction. He joined Sadoff Iron and Metal in 2015 and he oversees and leads the strategic planning and implementation of IT. With his extensive 20 years of IT and business leadership experience and passion for data security, he was the perfect choice to establish, build and lead the Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction Company, a company of Sadoff Iron and Metal. He can be reached at [email protected]