Think about the hardware used in your organization… is it all worth disposing? The ten year old mouse found in someone’s desk, what can that be worth? Determining your scope is primary to a successful hardware disposal program. What does your disposal vendor recommend? There is nothing stopping you from contacting your vendor representative to ask for guidance around what should be under the umbrella of disposals. Most representatives will inform you what hardware is cost prohibitive for recycling. Some vendors suggest that if a hardware device doesn’t have a serial number it isn’t worth it. Others will take anything and everything, network cables, broken phones and even that ten year old mouse. What are other companies doing? It would behoove you to check with folks in your professional network to see what their companies are doing around hardware disposals. Some organizations tout reusing over disposing. Let’s face it – its great public relations donating to non-profit. However reusing isn’t a silver bullet, there are only so many places to donate and soon enough you’ll have a backlog of stuff to unload. Still undecided? Perform a cost benefit analysis. It’s hard to refute hard numbers from a CBA. It costs money to dispose of an item. Anything an organization wants to dispose of has to have human touch points which include logging, tracking, packing, and shipping. Then assess what could be reaped from the disposals. It is worth considering if there are any tax impacts to the hardware disposal program in place. Make sure you interface with your finance department when performing the CBA as they may have some worthwhile input. It’s a balancing act For any disposal program to be successful scope has to be identified. Knowing what your options are key to a success. Like anything else there a balance needs to be found so that the disposal process benefits the organization in an optimal manner.
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