ITAD (IT Asset Disposition): The Regulations and Guidelines You Need to Know
There comes a point in the life of every physical item at which its function ceases. and this is the same for data center hardware as it is everything else in tech. In the industry, this is referred to with the acronym ITAD (often pronounced eye-tad), or IT Asset Disposition. It refers to the data sanitization, recycling, refurbishment, reuse, and other disposition processes involved in disposing of hardware at the end of its usable life and can be a hugely technical and complex job. Businesses can either dispose of their equipment themselves if they do it within the disposal regulations for that country or work with a specialist agency to take care of it for them. Procurri is one such third party and works to the highest possible standards of disposition; exceeding legal and industry standards to manage IT asset disposal in the most ethical, secure, and environmentally friendly way possible.
But what regulations does Procurri adhere to, and what do they mean? Let us explain…
Legal requirements and regulations vary across geographic areas. Procurri operates within the law of all the locations they operate in and in many instances, to a much higher standard than the minimum requirement.
WEEE: Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment
WEEE is a European Union directive that regulates the safe and responsible recycling, recovery, and collection procedures for all types of electronic waste within its member states as well as the ex-EU territory of the United Kingdom. Electrical and electronic waste is one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the world and as the priority, the WEEE directive aims to prevent the creation of it all; through the efficient use of resources and the retrieval of secondary raw materials through reuse, recycling, and other recovery – something which Procurri also strives toward. Alongside designated process stipulations, it also aims to improve the environmental performance of all equipment involved.
The R2 Standard
The R2 Standard is a US regulation created by a multi-stakeholder group of volunteers to promote best practices in the electronics recycling industry and is revised and updated periodically. The R2 Standard requires businesses disposing of electrical and/or electronic waste in the US to complete tracking for all materials, complete due diligence on all downstream vendors, comply wholly with legal standards to operate waste facilities, certify themselves with a relevant environmental safety management system and to have an adequate pollution insurance and financial closure plan in place for business continuity and emergency purposes.
By consigning e-waste to a trusted partner such as Procurri, businesses can remain assured that their IT asset disposal is being taken care of in the safest and most secure way possible. All our IT asset disposal facilities meet if not exceed legal standards and strive to continually improve their processes and protocol. Contact your Procurri Account Manager today to learn more about the legal implications and requirements for electrical and electronic waste in your region.
Procurri is a member of ADISA (Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance). ADISA’s objective is to promote the business process of IT asset disposal as a critical part of an organization’s Data Protection strategy. Working with an ADISA certified company such as Procurri ensures best practices within the IT Asset Disposal industry, so you provide your customers with industry-leading Data Protection services