WP#60 - IT Asset Disposition 101 for Commercial End Users

06 October, 2014 | White Paper

Editor: John Pflueger, Dell Contributors: Chris Adam, Google Marc Banks, Deutsche Bank Eric Brown, Individual Member Ezra Benjamin, EMC Ricardo Gonzalez-Llera, IBM Deborah Graham-Clifford, Sims Recycling Ed Grenchus, IBM Rachel Romoff, Rackspace Gideon Schroeder, Cisco Andrea Steves, Google Rebecca Wellum, Dell

As scrutiny increases and more importance is placed on how organizations treat their used and waste electronics and electrical equipment, it is helpful to establish some order and accountability around your IT assets through their entire internal life cycle. Data center managers and other IT professionals charged with responsible management of these assets can benefit their entire organizations by establishing IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) programs.

Many ITAD programs are established with the core objectives of realizing financial accountability and return, ensuring data security or destruction, complying with legal and corporate compliance requirements, and satisfying applicable standards and certifications. In addition to fulfilling these requirements, organizations are increasingly expressing an interest in finding ways to structure programs to help them achieve environmental and sustainability goals.

Due to the wide range of organizations’ IT assets, supply chains, numbers and locations of sites, and other complexities, there can be no truly effective one-size-fits-all description of an ITAD program. This document from The Green Grid lays out specific questions for IT professionals to ask themselves and their stakeholders when considering a customized ITAD program. It is meant to serve as an extended FAQ or program reference. It provides guidance on the business case for and positive implications of creating a program; information regarding the standards, certifications, and regulations related to ITAD; insights on identifying, selecting, and managing program stakeholders and suppliers; and a discussion of operational concerns about developing, implementing, and managing a tailored ITAD program.