What Is IT Asset Disposition (ITAD)?

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IT asset disposition, also known as ITAD, is the process of disposing of IT hardware such as computers, laptops, cell phones, and more in a manner that is safe for the environment and does not compromise your data security. If you’re upgrading the technology in your home or business, it’s important to dispose of the old equipment appropriately. Here’s what our local electronics recycling company wants you to know.

Why Is IT Asset Disposition Important?

Many people are under the impression that you can throw electronics away like any other garbage once they’re no longer useful or it’s time for an upgrade. This is not true. There are several reasons that IT asset disposition is crucial when getting rid of old electronics, both on an individual and on a business level. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Security: Many people and businesses store sensitive data on old computers and hard drives, including credit card information, passwords, client information, or social security numbers. If the old equipment falls into the wrong hands, that information can be stolen and used against you or sold to nefarious third parties.

ProTek, on the other hand, takes data security incredibly seriously. As a local electronics recycling facility, we have the equipment needed to shred your hard drives, cell phones, or other data-storage devices so there’s no chance of a leak. When you trust us with your IT asset disposition, you can be sure that your data is securely destroyed.

  1. Sustainability: When electronics such as keyboards, computers, or cell phones end up in a landfill, it’s known as e-waste. Electronics contain toxic components that are harmful to the environment and, in some cases, dangerous to sanitation workers. However, the glass and metals found in these devices can be reused in other, newer electronics if you call a local electronics recycling company for IT asset disposition.
  2. Legality: As of January 2015, households and commercial businesses of New York State are no longer allowed to dispose of electronic equipment in the trash. Although manufacturers are required to recycle their products, these programs are difficult to find and often restrict what they recycle. It’s much more convenient to use the IT asset disposition services of a local electronics recycling company.

At ProTek, we make electronics recycling as convenient as we can. We’ll come to your home or business to pick up your e-waste and we accept all types of electronic equipment from any brand. While we’re registered as a New York electronics recycling facility, we also serve clients in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Contact us today to learn more!

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