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ITAD - IT Asset Disposition

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What is ITAD?


IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) is a practice within the industry aimed at responsibly managing unwanted IT equipment through reuse, recycling, repurposing, repair, or safe disposal. Organizations can handle ITAD internally or engage specialized vendors for assistance.

Instead of contributing to electronic waste in landfills, IT devices can have their internal components reused, reducing environmental impact by keeping materials like plastics and heavy metals out of the environment.

Businesses with worn-out hardware face decisions regarding refurbishment, resale, recycling, or disposal of their equipment. Internally, IT asset management, procurement, or risk management teams often oversee parts of the ITAD process. Alternatively, organizations can partner with external ITAD companies, which specialize in secure data destruction and environmentally friendly e-waste recycling. These vendors streamline the IT asset disposition process, aiming to minimize costs and potentially reclaim equipment value.

What is ITAD?

Key functions of ITAD include:


Data Security: Ensuring thorough data deletion from old hardware through secure wiping of storage devices.

Recycling and Reuse: Disposing of various types of used hardware, including desktops, laptops, servers, phones, and tablets. Salvaging components like RAM sticks or video cards for reuse or recycling.


Hardware Repair: Offering repair options for hardware to enable equipment repurposing.


Asset Acquisition: Purchasing surplus IT equipment from organizations and seeking to recover value from it.
ITAD vendors typically offer services such as asset management, data center decommissioning, data erasure, hard drive shredding, refurbishing, and repair and return.

Why is ITAD Important:


With organizations frequently refreshing their IT equipment, the disposal of IT assets becomes a pressing concern, especially regarding e-waste. Such devices often contain hazardous materials like heavy metals and chemicals, posing environmental risks if improperly discarded in landfills. These substances have the potential to seep into the soil and impact water sources. To address this issue responsibly, ITAD providers partner with certified recyclers to ensure the secure and environmentally sound disposal of e-waste.

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How to choose an ITAD company

Which IT asset disposition company an IT organization chooses to work with should depend on certain factors, including the following:

Certifications. ITAD businesses can earn certifications to show they follow industry standards for best practices in recycling and reusing electronics. Some examples are e-Stewards and the National Association for Information Destruction. Certifications can also build customer trust.


Sustainability. Choose ITAD service providers that are committed to environmental sustainability. Whenever possible, they should help IT organizations repurpose, resell or recycle hardware. Potentially harmful chemicals should also be disposed of appropriately.


Cost. ITAD services should cost less than if an organization handled hardware disposal itself.
Guarantee of secure data. ITAD services should disclose how they erase data for data sanitization and security reasons. They should be able to guarantee full and secure data erasure.


Repair management. ITAD businesses also ideally offer repair services so IT organizations can get the most life out of their IT equipment.

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