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Share Your Ideas for Minimizing Your Data Center Footprint and Earn 250 THWACK Points!

Level 15

We all love our smartphones, computers, tablets, and gadgets. Some of us wait in long lines the moment the latest tech hits the shelves, while others upgrade when our old devices finally kick the bucket. Either way, we are all inevitably left with outdated tech that we need to discard. The hardware, batteries, cables, and accessories often become burdensome because we are not sure how to recycle this old technology.

Recycling properly can take time that you may not have (we know you’re under pressure to keep processes in your organizations running smoothly), meaning that the environment often takes a backseat as our old tech collects dust in the supply closet. With Earth Day just around the corner, we want to hear a few tips and tricks about how best to recycle or dispose of older hardware in an environmentally friendly way.

Let us know what an IT environmentalist looks like by sharing the best ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle old technology by April 11th and we’ll put 250 THWACK points in your account!

159 Comments
Level 7

To save on the carbon footprint, we hire a company who recycle the parts.  They pickup the parts and drive it back to their facility.  At the facility, they separate the wires from the plastics.  They keep the wires to recycle or sell.  The plastic would get recycle to make other parts.

Level 7

In order to reduce waste I started collecting old laptops that were going to be disposed of and donated them to schools. The kids don't mind that they are a few years old. Most get used for STEM projects.

Level 8

There are many levels of computer users and server requirements. Most of the time I end up doing the trickle down approach by repurposing old equipment.

Level 8

do you all have a process to strip the content of your hard drives before turning the material over?  asking because we work with our Information Security Group who visually inspects the drives and then use Iron Mountain to destroy the hardware.  The company has a mobile unit that comes to us and we visually get to watch the destruction of the drives happen.

Level 7

We check to see if they can be used again first, if not they are recycled by a company we have to take them away. we have also sold them on before as long as the hard drives have been swapped out

Level 8

My company donates the used tech to a non-profit organization that specializes in developing the skills and knowledge of mentally and physically disabled persons. They take the equipment and show them how to operate, fix, and upgrade if possible. It is a great service to contribute to and gives us the chance not only to recycle but to give back to the community.

Level 8

My company recycles all of our old equipment and we try to donate items that are still working just do not fit our needs anymore.

Level 9

Donate equipment to schools, prisons, job centers, homeless shelters. Shred and recycle drives with sensitive data.

Level 9

We do basically the same thing.

Only the company we donate to has their own people train their people.

They then sell those rebuilt PC's/Printers/Monitors to the local school district and everyone wins.