Recycling And Reuse Planning For Business Computer Removal

Posted on: 12 May 2016

Getting rid of old systems for an upgrade, building move or location closure presents a number of challenges, especially if you'd like to minimize costs. There are many opportunities to get a little money back through recycling or provide tax breaks for your business, but you'll need to make sure that the final plan is represented in the removal process. Consider a few angles of computer system removal to make the most out of your old systems.

Whole Unit Recycling Versus Parts

For many businesses, it's more simple to deliver the entire computer unit to recycling programs and accept the standard, daily rate for a scrapped computer. Depending on the metals market and other recyclable component markets, it may be worth your time to have an (Information Technology) IT department remove certain components.

If you have an IT department performing the move already, adding another step in the removal process may be worth getting a bit of copper, aluminum and strong, valuable magnets out of the systems for separate recycling. If you're hiring an IT consultant team to handle the removal process, you'll need to make sure that this extra step won't cost anything extra or dip too deeply into our projected gains by discussing the recycling needs with the team.

The decision to recycle computers whole or in parts is entirely dependent on whether specific components are worth more when they're outside of the computer. Be sure to discuss the issue with the recycling program to make sure they're aware of any whole computer rates that are lower than the components, as you may be able to increase the whole computer payout if the program simply hasn't updated a recycling product. Labor costs are sometimes involved with whole computer cost factoring, but it's important to confirm.

Donation Planning Can Yield Taxes And Growth

Not all computers are recycled because they're unusable. If your business is performing a marginal upgrade because of specific business requirements, contract or if you're sure that the computers can be used by someone for progress, discuss donations with a recycling program.

Consult a tax professional to discuss what you stand to gain by donating a bulk number of computers and other devices, and make sure that the computers are documented by some sort of series number. If you purchased the computers from a major manufacturer, their service tag/serial number is a good way to stay organized. It's not for tracking, as the labels can be removed easily, but for your own records.

Donated computers can be useful, as they give opportunities to the less fortunate, which can empower your business directly or indirectly. You could send the computers out to donation systems that will handle distribution to schools and the less fortunate, or you could set up a business-oriented donation and training incentive.

Anonymous donation is one of many honorable decisions, but why not empower your business and the local economy with a stronger, more direct plan? Announce your donation and discuss what you and other businesses in the area need as far as technical training, and then encourage the community to work towards technical goals.

Such planning makes it easier to get the attention of potential candidates, and it raises the bottom floor of computer skill for locals who may join or support your business in the future. For more information, visit or a similar website.


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