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Solve the puzzle: recycling technology under multi-country’s fast-changing regulations

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When your global company retires technology assets … Why it’s important to work with a global technology asset disposal firm.

Remember Rubik’s Cube ® 1 ?  It’s the classic multicolored 3-D puzzle. The objective was to turn and twist the cubes so that all the same color squares match.  To solve the puzzle, the user needed the right combination of maneuvers to align same-color squares perfectly.  Well, when it comes to recycling and disposing technology under multi-country compliance regulations, it can seem even trickier than solving Rubik’s cube.

To compete in a global economy, physical presence is still a requirement for many businesses, and with that comes staffing offices with IT technology worldwide. When it comes time to retire the technology, new challenges arise.

Let’s take a simple example: A company acquires the exact same PC make and model for their offices in Italy and Switzerland.  After three years, the company wants to retire the equipment to replace with newer technology.

The PC located in Switzerland must comply with Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulations protect end-users from hazardous waste in electronic equipment. The guidelines vary for each country and the regulations tighten each year.

Compliance for recycling the equipment constantly changes. At time of purchase the equipment met compliance.  Three years later, the equipment may no longer meet the latest compliance standards.  In Italy, the regulations might allow a refurbished PC to be resold within the European Union, while in Switzerland, which is not a party to the European Union, any sales within the European Union might be prohibited.

How does IBM manage recycling assets while meeting complex multi-country compliance requirements?

With all these layers of complexities, it’s nearly impossible for companies to manage recycling of assets manually.  At IBM, we enter the make, model, and location of the equipment, and our system automatically calculates transportation costs between countries to avoid unnecessary expenses.  It also tracks the assets to help companies identify certain non-compliance inventory so that it is not accidentally sold inside the European Union.   To help maintain import-export compliance across all countries is the most difficult part of the puzzle. This is an area where we are constantly undergoing business intelligence development to help augment our import-export decisions.

During our processes, IBM makes every effort to re-use full machines, parts and components in a way, that the vast majority (over 99% 2) of end of life of products is recovered and given a second life.

At IBM, our global offices are located in more than 50 countries.  When it comes to clients looking for recycling and disposing of their technology assets or whether the concern is meeting compliance, maintaining the environment, or the bottom line, we help provide our customers peace of mind.

To find out more about how our IBM Global Asset Recovery Services can help you recycle your IT assets click here.

1 Rubik’s Cube is a trademark of Rubik’s Brand Limited.

2 GARS Environmental and Production Data 2016


Jens Teichelmann

Director of Worldwide Sales GARS and GARS Latin America IBM Global Financing




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