IT Equipment Recycling: How to Securely Get Rid of Old Tech

Did you know that the average American household has around 24 electronic devices?

Despite widely available recycling options, around 75% of these electronics still end up in landfills or incinerators. However, this isn’t the only concern; these devices contain valuable personal data that needs to be disposed of properly.

How much do you know about IT equipment recycling? Do you throw your broken electronics in the bin without a second thought, or do you securely erase data and recycle?

Read on to learn more about how to get rid of your old tech.

Protect Your Data

Before getting rid of your devices, you need to ensure you delete data that could help someone commit fraud against you. Many people decide to hold onto old or broken electronics because they’re concerned about data theft. However, there are a few ways to ensure secure data deletion.

First, back up your data to an existing device; you may think there’s nothing important on there, but you may be thankful for it in the long term.

Once you’ve secured data on a separate device, use a data erasing program such as Certus ITAD to remove all data from your device systematically.

If you don’t want to use these programs, you can do it manually. However, this isn’t recommended if the device contains sensitive information. You can complete a factory reset on a phone or erase your hard drive on a computer. Look for the option to restore your device to factory settings.

Dispose of Your Device

Once you’ve deleted your data, it’s time to think about what you’ll do with it. You can sell used IT equipment for a profit or trade it into certain information technology services.

Passing on your devices will make you money, but you should take extra precautions with data deletion to protect your identity.

If you’re extremely anxious about data protection, you may consider physically destroying your device. However, this really isn’t necessary. Running a comprehensive data deletion program and dropping it off at a recycling center is enough to protect yourself (and do your part to help save the planet through recycling).

For broken devices, consider a recycling center rather than putting them in the bin. You can usually recycle electronics at local stores and manufacturers, although it varies depending on which state you’re in.

Look up local electronics recycling regulations to further understand your options.

IT Equipment Recycling Explained

That’s everything you need to know about IT equipment recycling in 2022. Next time you’ve got an old or broken bit of tech to get rid of, stay away from the kitchen bin.

There are plenty of recycling schemes in every state to help you dispose of your devices. But, never forget to protect your data first!

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