ITAD and E-Waste – 4 Important Differences

September 13, 2019

Many times, the terms ITAD and e-waste are mixed up. It’s frustrating, but hopefully this article will help you explain.
1 Use again? Or throw away?
The purpose of ITAD is to give electronic equipment a second life. At PPS Africa, for example, 94,4% of the IT assets that come to our facility are redeployed. E-waste, on the other hand, is about crushing or shredding, sending profitable assets and many rare metals up the chimney.
2 Can you trust e-waste management?
If you send IT equipment to a recycler where it will be smashed or shredded, are they providing documentation of all data contained on that IT equipment is wiped? A trusted ITAD partner, will provide all the required documentation to make you sleep well at night.
3 The question of value
Your company or organisation is eager to make the best of it’s resources. So why throw away resources that still carry a value? If the plan is to replace IT equipment after, say, three years – then why not sell the old units, through an ITAD partner, and make some more money out of it?
4 Energy
An e-waste recycling plant is noisy, dirty, and extremely power consuming. ITAD isn’t even close. ITAD facilities use approximately one tenth as much power.
Nevertheless, many companies still prefer recycling, out of old habits. This is really sad. The difference between what is being recycled and what should be recycled is huge. In 2016, Global E-Waste Monitor estimated the total value of all raw materials in e-waste was estimated at 55 Billion Euros. In short: ITAD is the idea to reuse IT equipment as long as possible, but e-waste is simply throwing it away.