Top Ten Questions About ITAD

We find the same questions cropping up on a regular basis, so we wanted to publish a list of the top ten queries related to ITAD (Information Technology Asset Disposal).


  1. What is IT Asset Disposal (ITAD)?
  2. Information Technology Asset Disposal is the process of retiring and disposing of outdated, damaged, or surplus IT assets in a responsible and secure manner. This can include computers, servers, printers, and other types of electronic equipment.

  3. What are the best practices for ITAD?
  4. Some best practices for ITAD include conducting a thorough inventory of all IT assets, securely wiping or destroying data on retired assets, properly disposing of hazardous materials, and following all relevant laws and regulations.

  5. How do I create an ITAD policy?
  6. To create an ITAD policy, you should consider the needs and goals of your organization, as well as any relevant laws and regulations. Your policy should outline the processes and procedures for retiring and disposing of IT assets, including data destruction, recycling, and documentation.

  7. How do I determine the value of my IT assets?
  8. There are several methods you can use to determine the value of your IT assets, including:

    • Market value: You can research the current market value of similar assets and apply those to your inventory.
    • Resale value: If you plan to sell some of the assets, you can look online to see what prices similar items have achieved.
    • Salvage value: If are going to recycle your IT assets, you can estimate their value based on the value of the materials they contain, although you may be paying for disposal, rather than collecting cash.
  9. How do I dispose of IT assets securely?
  10. First, you should take steps to protect against data breaches. This can include physically destroying hard drives or using specialized software to securely wipe data from them. You should also follow any relevant laws and regulations for data protection.

  11. How do I dispose of IT assets legally?
  12. To state the obvious, you should follow all relevant laws and regulations, including those related to data protection, hazardous materials, and electronic waste. But you should also ensure that you are using a reputable and legally compliant recycling source. Potomac eCycle can assist you with your electronics recycling needs.

  13. How do I recycle IT assets?
  14. The easiest way is to build a relationship with a certified electronics recycler who will take care of your old IT equipment. They can also ensure that any hazardous materials, such as batteries and toner cartridges are responsibly recycled.

  15. What do I do with IT assets that have reached end of life?
  16. First, any sensitive data needs to be wiped from storage devices, usually by an external recycling resource, then there are various options such as reuse within associated businesses, donations to charities or other causes, selling on the open market, or recycling as electronics waste.

  17. What do I do with IT assets that are no longer needed?
  18. As with the above question, you should decide on the course of action that best fits your business principles and philosophy and, once all other options have been exhausted, engage with a qualified recycler to handle the physical disposal.

  19. How do I properly document ITAD activities?
  20. A detailed history of the chain of custody is important for ITAD activities to ensure that you are documenting all stages of the disposal and following all relevant laws and regulations, as well as taking steps to protect against data breaches. You should keep detailed records of all IT assets retired and disposed of, including the make and model, serial number, and any relevant information about data destruction. This will enable a reconciliation to be made against the business’s capital account, as well as keeping maintenance records up-to-date.

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