If your team is like most in the area, you likely don’t specialize in Oakland corporate recycling and hauling, but still need to find the best way to get the job done. As specialists in Oakland corporate recycling and hauling, our team at Direct Resource Management has been through all of the challenges and found all the best ways to tackle these projects.
In our many years of work, we’ve found that there are some common mistakes that many teams make that are easy to avoid. To help teams like yours bypass these pitfalls and stay on track, here’s a quick set of common mistakes to avoid and how you can effectively address them.
Common mistake 1: Not realizing many items contain hazardous materials
When many people think about office equipment recycling, they often aren’t thinking about the hazardous materials that are contained within equipment. For example, electronics like computers, monitors, laptops, televisions, printers, fax machines, servers, and other devices all contain hazardous metals that can be harmful to people and the environment if not disposed of properly.
In addition, less elaborate office equipment that relies of electricity can also be hazardous if not properly disposed of, like lamps, microwaves and common lights.
Common mistake 2: Not destroying data on electronics
Another major mistake that many offices make while undertaking an office equipment recycling project is failing to fully destroy all data on electronic devices. Your office is almost guaranteed to have sensitive equipment on devices that store data, like private emails and attachments, downloaded files, human resources files, tax information, proprietary data or other forms of data which would be a liability if your organization allowed the wrong parties to access the data.
Make sure you avoid litigation or accusations of mishandling data by having the data on your electronics fully destroyed per industry best practices. In fact, many of our customers who come to us for office equipment recycling at Direct Resource Management also enlist our help specifically because they know we can handle data destruction for them.
Common mistake 3: Not following environmental best practices
Many organizations also unfortunately overlook the importance of adhering to environmental best practices when executing their office equipment recycling project. Protecting the environment during an office equipment recycling project is important in many aspects. It’s inherently important from an ethical standpoint to protect the environment, but from practical standpoints it’s also important for protecting the reputation of your team and avoiding lawsuits or penalties that arise from violating environmental protection laws and regulations.
Common mistake 4: Not working with a qualified professional
As you’re probably aware of at this point, office equipment recycling projects are inherently more complicated than most people initially estimate and require a lot of careful thought and planning. Many teams make the mistake of not working with a qualified professional, and then find that they’re not well-equipped to handle aspects like data sanitization or hazardous materials recycling.
At DRM, we aim to provide a fully comprehensive, end-to-end solution for our customers when it comes to office equipment recycling and hauling, so get in touch with our friendly team today to see how we can quickly and easily solve all of your needs from start to finish.