Most of our customers think of TST as miracle workers: when things break down, we quickly respond, repair them, and return their business to peak production. But eventually – when it is too old to be repaired or has become obsolete – we have to say goodbye to everything. (Including our favorite pair of jeans, our pet goldfish, and even our wood grain Atari VCS.)
When it comes to disposing of technology equipment that has reached its end-of-life, there are two ways to deal with it: the right way and the wrong way.
The wrong way is to throw it in the trash. But the right way involves the disposal of equipment in a safe, environmentally responsible manner – often by recycling it – and the removal of sensitive data to ensure data security. While Federal Laws governing the proper disposal of electronics have been minimal, the European community and twenty-five (25) U.S. States have passed very specific electronics recycling laws. (1)
To ensure compliance with those laws, and to practice environmental responsibility, most companies now have well-defined, formal decommissioning policies. These policies not only detail proper procedures for disposal and/or recycling of electronics, they also ensure that all sensitive data is removed/destroyed from computers, servers, copiers, and external storage devices.
Large companies with multiple facilities scattered across a vast geography (like restaurant, retail and hotel chains) typically employ only a centralized IT staff because they can’t justify the cost of having an IT staff member at every location. And it’s certainly not cost-effective to fly someone to their remote locations every time a piece of equipment fails. That’s why these companies have made Tech Service Today their IT service provider of choice.
With over 20,000 Technicians in North America, TST can deliver a highly-skilled professional to even the most remote location in 4-hours or less. Whether you need a piece of equipment disconnected and disposed of properly, or shipped back to your headquarters for formal decommissioning procedures, TST will make it happen.
TST technicians can safely remove equipment without interrupting normal business operations – even if that means performing work in the middle of the night. They will prepare a detailed list of the IT assets being returned, take photographs of every item in its shipping box before it gets closed, sealed, labeled, and shipped, and make sure those assets are delivered safely. If TST is responsible for disposal, we’ll provide certificates of e-waste and data destruction indemnification.
And although every company’s decommissioning requirements are slightly different, all you need to do is provide a copy of your policy to TST and we’ll make sure they are followed to the letter.
Whether you need help planning for, installing, maintaining, or decommissioning your IT and networking equipment, you can count on TST to be your on-site experts through every stage – even the final stage – of your technology lifecycle.
(1) For more information about Laws pertaining to Electronics Recycling in your State, please visit this website:
National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER)http://www.electronicsrecycling.org/?page_id=39
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