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IT Recycling Electronics

Whenever changes occur in data center computing, one constant remains for Mike Saia, owner of XTechnology Global USA, LLC – change is good for his business. Whether it’s migration to the cloud, greening the grid, virtualization or data center upgrades to more energy efficient in-house equipment, Saia and his team of information sanitizers and equipment resale and recycling experts are ready, willing and able to conduct business. He’s the guy a firm calls in to make sure every “out with the old” information technology project goes according to the morass of governmental environmental regulations and also meets the information security protocols necessary to prevent a breach of sensitive client information.

It’s because, as Saia describes it, his company team does its work on the “back side” of any project. Irrespective of the type of technology being eliminated, it is simply the fact of it being taken out and replaced that keeps Saia busy.

“We are at the end of the lifecycle on the technology spectrum. There is always gear left over that just is not robust enough for today’s new applications,” he explained. “It has to go somewhere – but that has to be done appropriately.” Here is the point where the numerous certifications held by X Technology come into play.

“There are a lot of companies out there that do what we do,” Saia said. “They say they are compliant with the regulations. But that is much different than being certified, which is what we offer our clients.”

Current certifications include Responsible Recycling Practices Standards – better known industry-wide as R2:2013. XTechnology Global is the first company to be certified to the new platinum standard which incorporates new R2 protocols and incorporates ISO and OHSAS. This voluntary standard developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency includes implementing a comprehensive management system at each site or firm served for end-of-life electronics, particularly those containing cathode ray tubes, circuit boards, mercury, PCBs and batteries. X Technology also holds ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 14001 and 9001 – both designed to guide waste reduction and recycling efforts worldwide – and OSHAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Specification) written as a guide to reducing occupational and health safety hazards. Additionally all data is sanitized using non destructive software overwrites or degaussing and shredding to provide the client with a zero tolerance for data breaches.

That may be a lot of acronyms but it represents a commitment to quality and audit processes to provide clients with safety and detailed reporting as to the disposition of the electronic waste that Saia and his team remove.

When asked how he got into this business, Saia's first response is an extended chuckle,  ending with an unspoken yet obvious quickly-taken trip down memory lane.

He started in 2008 – right in the middle of the Wall Street meltdown. Even though firms still had to upgrade their information technology to remain competitive, they were also starting to look at every option for recouping dollars in the process. “The IT department of any given firm traditionally only spends money,” Saia explained. IT generally does not generate any monies for the firm it serves. But that is changing as Saia and others like him work the resale markets to grab at least some small economic return on the various electronic components that would otherwise go into landfill or worse..

“Getting revenue back as firms go through an equipment refresh; having the IT department gain the ability to give monies back to the firm’s budget – that is a win-win for the client and a win for us,” Saia said. “Doing this while maintaining the security of their information – that is our goal.”

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