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Recyclage de serveurs : Que faire des serveurs mis hors service ?

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Server Recycling: Pros, Cons, Options, and Things to Keep in Mind

The Environment and Server Recycling

Currently, 25 states have government regulations for e-waste. This has impacts on recyclage des serveurs.

Servers are classified as an environmental hazard under this legislation due to the PCB boards that contain polychlorinated biphenyl.

The good news is that consumers love greener companies. When most people think of being “green,” they think of le recyclage.

However, the most beneficial option for maintaining the environment is actually to reuse, not recycler.

Tandis que serveur le recyclage is still better than chucking serveurs in a landfill to produce the next hulk or something, it is still not ideal. If you have newer serveur equipment, check out our guide on the best places to sell used serveurs instead.

Recyclage produces its own waste, uses energy, and involves costs.

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Reusing serveurs can make you money, requires much less labor and also helps reduce the need for manufacturing new serveurs.

Repurpose or Reuse instead of Recycling

As a result of these benefits, when possible look for other areas within your company to maximize the life of the IT assets.

Could you use the old serveurs as a backup for when your newer serveurs need an update? Could you store lower priority archival data on them?

There is one potential exception to the benefits of reuse, however. If the equipment will be used for energy-intensive purposes or constant workloads, repurposing old equipment may be a poor choice.

Newer equipment can be significantly more energy efficient for these tasks. This makes reusing the leftover serveurs less ideal from an environmental standpoint.

Server Donation for Tax Writeoffs

Another avenue to add life to your old serveurs is through donations.

Alors que la vente of heavily depreciated assets can be harsh on the bottom line, donating those assets leaves you with a significant tax write-off. And actually, this may be more beneficial than selling the serveurs.

Nombreux Sociétés ITAD can help facilitate the logistics of donating IT assets. However, a fee is traditionally collected for the services.


Serveur Resale or remarketing can be an appealing option when your serveurs are still valuable. And one that can be better than serveur le recyclage.

For just a few serveurs, it is viable to sell the servers yourself online, though the logistics can be time-consuming.

If you’re planning to remarket servers yourself, refer to our guide.

For a bulk quantity of serveurs, it’s simply not viable for most companies to try and liquidate them in-house without burying their IT department with work.

In these cases, relying on an ITAD company for services de liquidation de centres de données ou démantèlement de centre de données is a smart choice.

Server Recycling: the End of the Line

So you’ve entertained the idea of repurposing serveurs, donating them, or reselling them through the secondary marché.

After all that, serveur le recyclage is your final choice.

When choosing a serveur le recyclage service, it’s important to keep a couple of things in mind. The first one is to ensure your data security.

server recycling and security

Sécurité des données

As an FYI, we covered data security extensively in another blog post on proper data security.

For serveur le recyclage specifically, do your due diligence with regard to erasing your data before handing it off to a recycler.

Many of the better recyclers will be able to provide data erasure services on-site so that none of your sensitive data leaves your location.

Server Recycling Downstream

Recyclage doesn’t always mean le recyclage: it’s estimated that 50-80% of “recycléélectronique don’t actually end up being recyclé, but instead, are exported offshore to developing countries.

These countries will pay for second-rate IT equipment. So it is a natural decision for many disreputable recyclers to simply sell the material.

While reuse is better than le recyclage over here, when it goes to developing countries without established le recyclage practices, things get dicey.

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In the e-waste locations throughout India, Pakistan, China, and other developing countries, électronique are casually discarded into rivers, burned, tossed in acid baths, or stockpiled.

Toxins like cadmium, mercury, and BFRs contained in the products seep out into the grass. Some of these toxins also emit deadly gases for nearby inhabitants to inhale, etc.

To avoid these dangerous effects on the environment and overseas populations, simply verify the downstream processes of the serveur le recyclage vendor you decide to commission.

If they can’t give you a definitive path for the serveurs from start to eventual le recyclage location, they probably don’t even know where their scrap ends up.

Choose a vendor that can reassure you that you’re not hurting the environment. You’ll want to do this so that you can honestly tell your customers at the end of the day that you’re a green company.

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juillet 10, 2024