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Tech Recycling for Albuquerque Businesses: How to Recycle Outdated Devices Properly

Since Kosh Solutions works with local Albuquerque businesses to manage their technology, we see how much hardware is getting swapped out. Over the course of a year, we see piles, nay, mountains of computers, monitors, servers, keyboards...you get the idea. There are two major reasons it is important to recycle these components properly:

  1. The planet! Do your part and don't just dump your old tech hardware in a landfill!

  2. Data security.

Kosh helps business owners decide when and what to upgrade. Your company likely upgrades technology hardware frequently to keep up with industry trends and maintain a competitive edge. In this article, we will discuss what happens when business technology hardware is recycled, the types of hardware that can be recycled, and the benefits of recycling for businesses. But first...


Where to recycle electronic and tech hardware in Albuquerque?

We recommend the following for businesses: https://albuquerquerecycling.net/

Albuquerque Computer and Electronics Recycling has a wide range of services that cater to the needs of businesses (and individuals). Please note that their services are not free.


For personal devices, ABQ Computer and Electronics Recycling is great if you have concerns about the information on your devices. There are some fees associated with some of their services. You can also take your electronics to the:

Eagle Rock Convenience Center 6301 Eagle Rock NE (North off I-25 & Alameda to Eagle Rock)

Phone: (505) 768-3925

Open 7 days a week 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vehicles arriving after 4:30 p.m. will not be admitted.

Taking your electronics to the Eagle Rock Convenience Center will not handle your data.


What is Business Technology Hardware Recycling?

Seems pretty self-explanatory but there are a couple things to keep in mind. Business technology hardware recycling is the process of collecting, sorting, disassembling, and processing electronic devices used in business operations to recover valuable materials and components for reuse. Recycling your business technology hardware involves a series of steps to ensure that the electronic devices are properly disposed of and that their components are recycled to reduce the environmental impact and ensure data is handled properly.


Types of Business Technology Hardware That Can be Recycled

Here are some examples of hardware that can be recycled in business operations:

  1. Computers and laptops

  2. Printers, scanners, and copiers

  3. Servers and network hardware

  4. Telephones and telephone systems

  5. Point-of-sale (POS) systems and cash registers

  6. Digital projectors and displays

  7. Security cameras and systems

  8. Batteries and power supplies

  9. Data storage devices such as hard drives and memory cards

The list above is not exhaustive, and many other electronic devices can be recycled in business operations.


The Business Technology Hardware Recycling Process

The recycling process for business technology hardware is similar to the process for personal devices. However, businesses may have additional security concerns to consider. Here are some steps to follow when recycling your business technology hardware:

  1. Determine which devices can be reused or resold and which ones need to be recycled.

  2. Ensure that any sensitive data on the devices is erased securely to protect your business's confidential information.

  3. Arrange for a certified electronics recycler to pick up your devices or drop them off at a designated recycling center.

  4. The recycler will sort the devices according to their type and condition.

  5. Devices that are still functional may be refurbished and resold or donated.

  6. Devices that cannot be repaired are disassembled, and their components are separated manually or mechanically.

  7. The disassembled components are then sent to specialized facilities for further processing to recover the valuable metals, such as gold, silver, and copper. The plastics are also recycled into new products.

  8. The hazardous materials, such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, are removed and disposed of safely to prevent harm to the environment.

The Benefits of Business Technology Hardware Recycling

Aside from that "feel good" feeling, business technology hardware recycling has numerous benefits. Firstly, it helps businesses comply with regulations and industry standards for responsible e-waste management. Secondly, it can reduce costs associated with storing and disposing of outdated technology hardware. Thirdly, it can help protect your business's confidential information by ensuring that any sensitive data on the devices is erased securely.


Business technology hardware recycling is essential and contributes to a sustainable future. It is important to work with a certified electronics recycler to ensure that your devices are disposed of properly and securely.


 

Disclaimer


The information contained in this communication is intended for limited use for informational purposes only. It is not considered professional advice, and instead, is general information that may or may not apply to specific situations. Each case is unique and should be evaluated on its own by a professional qualified to provide advice specifically intended to protect your individual situation. Kosh is not liable for the improper use of this information.

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