The internet of things (IoT), self-driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI) and smart home features are examples of how the technology industry is evolving. Technology is becoming a part of a wider range of products, and newer innovations tempt users to upgrade sooner than later. When the time comes to replace and dispose of retired IT assets, it is important to understand how IT asset disposition (ITAD) vendors can help businesses manage their IT and electronic equipment in a manner that is responsible, secure and maximizes any remaining IT value.
Implementing an ITAD program is an important initiative and being confident in your vendor selection is critical. If you are not familiar with industry standards and certifications, a primary global accrediting body you can start with is Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI). SERI is the housing-body for the R2 standard and works with a coalition of partners to raise awareness of electronics repair and recycling issues around the world. Separately, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides numerous International Standards that certify a vendor’s quality of services.
A vendor’s certifications can demonstrate dedication to environmental protection, worker safety, and security procedures, and is usually where businesses will begin in their ITAD vendor search. These standards help clients feel confident that their material is being processed in a manner that values environmental standards, employee protection and fulfills security measures.
Here are notable certifications to start with in your ITAD and electronics recycling vendor search.
These global certifications that exist are just the minimum requirements expected from ITAD vendors. We recommend validating the vendor’s process by conducting a site visit to observe firsthand all environmental, safety and security measures in place. A full list of Sims Lifecycle Services’ certifications and standards is posted on the global website.
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