A Business Owner’s Guide to E-Waste and Office Relocations


One of the most often repeated pieces of moving advice is “If you don’t need it, don’t move with it.” This principle applies to more than just clothes you no longer wear, books you won’t ever read, and decor you never display.

When you prepare for an office relocation, it’s also important to consider reducing your inventory, consolidating your records, and disposing of any unusable equipment.

In this blog, we cover one of the trickiest forms of office relocation waste: used electronics or e-waste. We discuss some of the most common forms of disposal and what you should do to prepare your electronics beforehand.

Common E-Waste Disposal Options

You have a number of options when it comes to getting rid of outdated or unneeded electronic devices. Common resources available to business owners you need to unload e-waste include the following:

As you determine which option works best for you, keep your ownership status and local regulations in mind. For example, you cannot resell a device that belongs to your company for individual profit. And for some specialty electronics, such as machinery operating devices, you may not have all of these options.

Essential Preparatory Steps Before Disposal

Regardless of which disposal method you use, you must first take some steps to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Take the following measures:

During the preparatory process, check with the recipient of your e-waste. The organization may ask you to comply with other guidelines not found here. For example, a recycler may restrict the kind of containers you can use to transport your e-waste. Check in advance to avoid any hold-ups.

Don’t let aging computers slow your business down in your newest location. Use the information listed above to clear the way for newer, faster equipment that will benefit you, your customers, and your employees.