Selecting an electronics recycler for your business is an important decision with implications for your exposure to liability. We address the top concerns and questions on how to choose an electronic recycler to make sure your organization’s recyling needs are met.
Choose a recycler that has been certified for electronics. There are a number of environmental, quality, safety, and security measures built into these certifications to hold recyclers accountable for how they handle their clients’ assets. Ask your recycler which certifications they hold, how often they are audited, and what they are doing to stay current with industry standards.
When your equipment has personal employee or customer information, sensitive financial data, and/or intellectual property on it, our Chain of Custody reporting documents exactly where every asset is in the recycling process. This reporting supports the transfer of liability of those assets and their data from your company to your recycler. Ask your recycler if they are protecting you from these risks with full Chain of Custody reporting, including make, model, serial number, and/or asset tags.
There is more than one way to properly prepare electronics for resale or recycling. You want to know what method or methods your recycler makes available, and how they guarantee that your data security is protected. You also want to know just where your electronics are destined to end up: will they be refurbished and resold, or destroyed for scrap? Both ways are legitimate, but the last thing you want is a surprise.
Cobalt will provide data destruction for all fixed storage devices. Read our Data Security Policy
Managing end-of-life electronics is painless when you work with a partner that values convenient, comprehensive service. Our range of services allows for customizable solutions and peace of mind that all the details are being covered to maintain compliance. Cobalt’s services ensure that your assets are handled in a safe, secure manner from collection to final disposition.
Insurance works together with certifications and auditing to reinforce 360-degree protection against worst case scenarios. An uninsured or inadequately insured recycler could leave your organization and brand exposed without you ever knowing, unless you ask.
Cobalt carries a $1 million cyber liability guarantee to protect your company from losses should your assets be compromised at any point in the process, as well as $5 million pollution liability insurance. We’re proud that our process is already so thorough that we’ve never needed to fall back on this safety net, but that doesn’t mean we’d ever let you go without.
Any qualified electronics recycler will emphasize data security in cyberspace, but what about the real world risks once your assets have left your custody? This is an important detail that is often overlooked.