COVID-19, Remote Work, and Effective ITAD

The Shifting Landscape of Work

The impact of COVID-19 is wide ranging. As such, it has been affecting different industries across the globe. Not often discussed is the increase of e-waste. We’re already facing a dire e-waste problem. Enterprises shifting to remote work could exacerbate the issue. Companies are scrambling to outfit their teams with devices to work from home. As a result, this shift will generate more e-waste. However, we can create policies to mitigate this.

“According to The rising tide of e-waste study, produced by data sanitisation firm Blancco in partnership with business-to-business research firm Coleman Parkes, nearly all of the 600 enterprises surveyed (97%) had to purchase new laptops to accommodate the shift to remote working.”

Sebastian Klovig Skelton , ComputerWeekly.com

Implementation is the key to success. An expert ITAD partner can assist in creating and managing your e-waste policies. We have experience working with different clients across diverse sectors. This gives us unique insights that are vital to planning and execution. More over, polices are not limited to only recycling. However, consider the value of remarketing your old devices. Giving an obsolete device a second life means keeping it out of the landfill. Firstly, Buy Back programs like ours can help reduce waste. Additionally, they can provide more accessible equipment for others as well.

“A previous study by Blancco in April 2020 looked at policies of 1,850 of the world’s largest enterprises and similarly found that, despite 83% of organisations having an e-waste-focused corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy in place, only a small amount of end-of-life equipment is actually being sanitised and reused.”

Sebastian Klovig Skelton , ComputerWeekly.com

Securing Your Data

Your team is now working remotely across many more mobile devices. That disperses your company’s sensitive data as well. Therefore, You need to be vigilant when it comes to data erasure. One way to have peace of mind is work with a certified partner. For instance, a NAID certification means that a company meets all of the government, and industry best practice, and standards.

“It’s essential that sanitising the device of data, by erasing the data onsite rather than destroying the device itself, forms part of an enterprise’s e-waste and CSR policy. This ensures the safeguarding of any sensitive data before that device is reused,”

Sebastian Klovig Skelton , ComputerWeekly.com

To get the full story read ComputerWeekly.com’s article here or talk to us today to see how we can help you.

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