UK businesses are making more use of IT disposal specialists to get rid of their electrical waste correctly than their counterparts in North America, Germany or France, according to research by IDC commissioned by Dell.
Nearly two out of five (39%) of all UK businesses surveyed are using specialist IT asset disposal providers, against an average of 35% across the other countries surveyed.
The figure rises to 63% among UK organisation with over 1,000 employees, but smaller firms are far less likely to use IT disposal services. Only 12% of firms with less than 100 employees are using an IT asset disposal specialist.
The sector most likely to use ITAD providers in the UK is financial services, a vertical that has had the heat on it recently for failing to carefully dispose of customer data.
Government and education institutions are the second-largest users of ITAD services, with just under half involved.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive , which was set by the European Union to ensure the safe disposal of IT assets, is a key factor pushing UK businesses to carefully let go of their IT equipment, the research found. More than seven in ten UK businesses cited the directive as a key driver pushing them to review their IT asset disposal procedures.