Bridgette Vermaak , ITAD Specialist , Xperien legislative compliance while reducing total cost of ownership ,” she adds .
IT disposal has legislative requirements , compliance to Protection of Personal Information Act ( POPIA ), General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR ), the National Environmental Waste Management Act 2008 ( NEMWA 2008 ) and the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 ( CPA ).
Vermaak said , if done correctly , IT disposal could mean a new revenue stream . “ Most businesses struggle to manage IT assets effectively because they do not have a clear picture of the assets they have deployed . Consequently , they probably pay unnecessary insurance and other charges due to inaccurate IT asset inventory data .”
Most businesses struggle to manage IT assets effectively because they do not have a clear picture of the assets they have deployed .
Disposing of old tech has become a businesscritical process with the introduction of new laws and regulations . Companies need to implement a sustainable IT asset programme by engaging with a reputable IT asset management company that can provide the effective recovery , reuse and retirement of redundant IT assets .
“ Also , disposing of this equipment in a haphazard manner , through auctions or staff sales , is extremely risky . Very few companies understand the principles of IT asset disposal and very few know how to meet
Companies are also finding innovative ways to maximise profits through green initiatives . The new trend is to rather refurbish than recycle , adopting a circular approach ensures enormous business and economic benefits . This method recognises the value of ‘ waste ’ and repurposes these items as alternative resources that can be used again in a circular cycle .
Regardless of how old or beat up electronics are , one should never dispose of electronic devices irresponsibly . This electronic waste could seriously hurt the environment or end up in a landfill . There are many other options available , one could either sell old devices for cash or donate them to a good cause .
“ In order to manage these valuable assets more efficiently , drive down costs , increase productivity and reduced risk , business leaders need clear picture of the entire lifecycle of an IT asset – with a spotlight on IT disposal . Through sustainability efforts , we can help companies ensure a healthy and sustainable environment for future generations to come ,” she said . p
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