How Do Outdated Electronics Get Repurposed?

Deciding the fate of outdated, decommissioned electronics also means deciding the fate of any data they may store. The IT asset disposition process requires security from start to finish to ensure that your company’s data is safe & secure.

At Cobalt, all steps of the process are completed on-site by our experienced team.

Cobalt’s process for collection, evaluation, and processing electronics meets the highest possible standards, prioritizing data the entire way. Our evaluations determine the best path for your outdated electronics, maximizing their lifespans in return.


Three steps take place before your electronics can be refurbished or recycled:

1.) Collection
We will prepare & package the items for you and then provide secure transportation to our processing facility.

2.) Logistics
Every asset is evaluated by our team to determine which path it will take (recycling or refurbishment).

Assets with reuse potential will transition to auditing, where the make, model, and serial numbers of each unit are recorded. Then, auditing units move on to sanitization (otherwise known as data destruction).

3.) Data Destruction (Sanitization)
The data destruction process securely eliminates any information stored on hard drives
and other data-bearing equipment, leaving it completely unreadable and unrecoverable.

This can be achieved by using software to wipe a storage device or by physically shredding it, but this won’t be determined until your outdated assets’ fate is determined.


After these steps are complete, the devices will go one of two ways:


If your electronics did not pass our logistics testing, they will be processed for recycling. In this step, each device is broken down into its raw components.
The pieces that are reusable in other devices will be pulled aside, and the remaining materials will be sent to shredding. Our customized shredding system prepares the materials for recycling and leaves every piece of data unrecoverable.


Cobalt professionally refurbishes PCs and preinstalls them with a Microsoft software
license, which increases the resale value.

Revenue sharing and rebate programs are in place to make sure that you get the most out of every re-marketable asset.


At the end of the process, your company will be provided with three reports:

A certificate of recycling and destruction that verifies responsible handing and total
data destruction on your old assets.

A settlement that documents the items recycled and verifies the transfer of liability to

An equipment audit that details every item we processed. This includes the make,
model, serial number, and asset tag. Your company can use this report for use as a tax


Why is every step important?

No matter what industry your company is in, your retired devices probably possess reuse value.
Don’t let them collect dust. Turn them into profit.

Healthcare and education industries are constantly replacing or upgrading their technologies. It’s highly likely that their outdated devices contain potentially sensitive data, like student or patient information.

For these industries, compliance policies are in place to make sure all in-use devices are protecting the data they house. But what about the outdated, out-of-use devices?

If left stored away or unused, they can become targets for data breaches.

Contact Cobalt today to learn how we can repurpose your retired IT assets.