Editor’s Note: This article was last updated on March 26, 2019
In today’s IT world, it’s typical to rely on either recyclers or ITAD companies to dispose of IT equipment. Unfortunately, it’s also common to choose the wrong type of vendor to handle your IT equipment. Thankfully, Exit Technologies offers both variety of services, and so we thought we would provide a short overview that helps to clarify what the right choice is for you (With Bonus Case Study At the End!)
Recycling companies can be useful in a few specific circumstances.
- If you have IT material that is definitely scrap – nobody would pay for it or it’s damaged beyond repair
- If you have a big lot of heavy equipment that’s worth less than it would cost to move it
When you shouldn’t use a recycler before considering an ITAD company:
- You aren’t exactly sure what your equipment is worth
- You have electronics that are damaged, but they might be reperable
- You have IT equipment that obviously retains value
Specific scenarios where ITAD companies can be of particular use:
- Your equipment is newer than 5 years old and functional
- You have a large lot of either: servers, storage, networking equipment, computers, or components such as RAM
- You have bulk lots of components that are valuable but require refurbishment
Differences Between ITAD Companies and Recyclers
While technically both companies are responsible for the “disposition” of IT assets, there are a few technicalities that make them quite different.
ITAD companies are specifically concerned with recovering the maximum value out of the equipment. For this reason, they’ll usually conduct an asset valuation, stay up to date with IT markets, and inquire for more specifics about the equipment before acquisition. They’ll also generally pay you based on the value of your equipment as well. While it’s not an industry feature, here at Exit we’ve also created a refurbishment & repair process for electronics to improve the total rate of value recovery for our clients.
Recyclers, on the other hand, are essentially dealing in commodities, and there are a few different price models. Depending on the type of material, some recyclers will pay by weight, others will pay by lot of material, and others are basically just electronics trash collectors that come to haul away your junk for free.
As promised, click for a full case study breaking down the different returns a company received from a recycler VS an ITAD company.
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