Intelligent Tech Channels Issue 55 - Page 67

FINAL WORD
Reselling refurbished equipment not only increases the return on investment , but also reduces the overall ecological impact .

eWaste is the world ’ s fastest-growing solid-waste stream , increasing at a rate three times faster than general waste . This has resulted in a change in market sentiment towards refurbished products , a process that extends the usable life of redundant IT equipment and reduces their environmental footprint .

It is therefore important for organisations to develop the best asset value recovery approach for the disposal of their old IT equipment , it can either be refurbished or dismantled for recycling . Reselling refurbished equipment not only increases the return on investment , but also reduces the overall ecological impact .
It is especially importantly in the current economic climate , where access to technology has become critical . Refurbished electronics provide economically deprived communities with affordable technology that can be used for education , business and social interaction .
An IT asset management and disposition programme goes well beyond environmental concerns , it must make good business sense as well . It should take a comprehensive approach , from what equipment the organisation purchases to how they dispose of redundant assets .
The need to properly manage and recycle this waste offers business leaders the opportunity to transform their throwaway culture . An IT asset disposition ( ITAD ) programme is an excellent way to contribute to these sustainability goals and help solve this worldwide problem .
Businesses need to examine their procurement approaches because environmental issues are becoming a key buying decision for modern consumers . In short , they want to understand what they are buying and how it was built .
Promote reuse initiatives
Environmentally conscious businesses should promote reuse as the first option because manufacturing new products
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