You’ll no doubt be aware of the legal implications of not being data protection compliant. However, when it comes to data wiping services and IT disposal, there are several environmental and ethical considerations to take into account in addition to ensuring the risk of data leakage is entirely removed.
Ultimately, data breaches and failure to comply environmentally can have huge reputational and financial impacts on a business. From government fines to a decrease in client confidence, it’s important to choose a reliable computer recycling service to avoid getting in these sorts of situations – and here’s how:
Choose an accredited computer disposal service
Always ensure your IT recycling is undertaken by a company which has accreditation from the Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance (ADISA). If your tech is being recycled, you should also request that your provider has an Approved, Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF) and a Waste Carrier Licence, as issued by the Environment Agency.
Due diligence tasks you should consider performing
While you can always rely on a reputable company like AssetCare to deliver compliant laptop recycling, data destruction and IT recycling, you might also want to perform some tasks prior to engaging with an IT asset governance and disposal company. Don’t be afraid to ask a potential hard drive destruction company to supply two or three clients as references. A reputable business will be happy to supply details of companies who can vouch for their service.
Affordable asset disposal
Some service providers will offer free disposal of recyclable devices, and it’s important to check that your interests are guaranteed if you choose a service like this. Professional, fully-compliant IT disposal comes at a cost – but this means that your risks are completely contractually mitigated. Don’t fall foul of unscrupulous firms offering free disposal – if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.
Ask the experts
If you’d like more information on how to safely, diligently and legally dispose of your old, unwanted IT equipment, please speak to AssetCare. Our experienced team are on hand to take your call and talk you through all aspects of asset disposal and recycling.