IT Asset Disposal (ITAD) and Computer Recycling

Overview

Computer Recycling or IT Asset Disposal (ITAD) as it’s known is an industry built around the need to dispose of redundant or obsolete IT hardware. If a business owns or uses IT equipment, it has a legal requirement for this service.

Many see IT Assets simply as waste, but in reality they are much more complex due to the potential security risks, hazardous components and potential monetary value they hold.

The ITAD market has evolved with technology over the past 25 years, and has been influenced by the Data Protection Act, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE), the formation of the Asset Disposal Information Security Alliance (ADISA) and the recent introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation.

 

The concept has shifted from an unregulated, unsecure, informal service provider to a highly certified and accredited provider like ICEX. We are capable of mitigating the risks associated with data security, minimising the environmental impact of computer disposal and IT asset disposal and maximising the financial benefit in any asset recovery to the client.

As technology advances, the goal posts shift, and different types of equipment hold different amounts and types of data. With the advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and Cloud Computing, we may well find ourselves operating in a very different way to how we do now.

The ITAD industry needs to keep pace with this change and evolve the ways in which it works in order to maintain the secure service which is the backbone of the industry itself.