How To Plan Efficient Computer Removal For Businesses

Posted on: 19 September 2016


Moving a lot of heavy desktops, unwieldy laptops and miscellaneous parts out of a building can be a recipe for a mess. People walking into each other and delaying each other's progress while carrying heavy objects and getting everything to the right area is hard enough with a single goal of removal, and it can be worse if recycling or replacement needs to be part of the plan. At the macro level it may all seem simple, but the individual level mixes in unplanned and unseen risks that impede success. Here's how to make the process easier while adding in some useful bonuses.

Proper Pathing For Removal

Setting an efficient path is easy, but it's different for every building and all too often neglected. The issue is that it seems simple to have workers walk in and out of a building while just holding things. However, there are several factors to consider.

Who opens the doors? Who yields when someone else carrying heavy objects is coming through a narrow walkway? Where can someone rest if they're injured or fatigued? All of these questions come up when unexpected systems are found in different areas or if new plans come up at the discovery of another problem.

Start by setting a side of all pathways to walk. To keep it simple in the United States, since people drive in the right lane, make sure that everyone walks on the right side of the hallway. If that sounds too simple to be worth mentioning, think about how many people in grocery stores and malls just walk wherever they want and end up barging through others or awkwardly shifting to the side. Now add 30 or 60lbs of equipment, sometimes with cables that could trip someone or hard-to-manage shapes, and it becomes clear why setting a standard of moving on the right side is important.

Recycling And Disposal

Do you plan on recycling specific parts, or recycling the whole computer? The answer decides how many different recycling containers you'll need, so keep this in mind before starting your project.

If you're moving entire computer units for whole unit recycling, a single roll off dumpster can be used. Simply call a sanitation professional and explain that you need a container to pick up and deliver to a recycling center and that you need a clean container that workers can walk into.

Workers can then walk out of the building, walk into the container, and easily stack the computers. There's less risk of injury caused by trying to put heavy equipment into a dumpster with a head-level opening or throwing devices over the top of a dumpster--not to mention that it's illegal or will result in no pickup for some areas.

If you plan on separating devices into materials such as copper, aluminum, gold or magnets, the sanitation professional can send color-coded recycling containers for proper separation. The roll off dumpster rental can still be used, but you'll need additional separated loads if you want to take advantage of specific material recycling rates.

Contact a roll off dumpster rental professional to discuss your removal plans