How can companies dispose of their machines sustainably?

SSustainability has become a key objective in many industry sectors, with companies constantly reviewing and reassessing their processes to improve their carbon footprint.

Due to the fact that many large companies are responsible for adhering to strict and regular fleet renewals and machine upgrades, machines are often left undesired and should be retired as soon as possible. Targeting green credentials and the responsibility to comply with commercial waste regulations means that disposing of machines is not as simple as taking them to a landfill, and if disposed of incorrectly, this can lead to serious consequences.

To help advise you on how to sustainably dispose of unwanted machinery, and following a 56%¹ increase in search interest for “machine recycling” in the last two months, the specialists online auction house BPI Auctions has shared tips and tricks for sustainable machine disposal.

One of the most beneficial options is to sell unwanted machines through an auction. Although the machines may seem outdated, small or new businesses have more modest funds when purchasing machinery and rely on second-hand equipment to expand their capabilities. Selling through an auction is an easy way to secure funds without managing the selling process yourself. Many online marketplaces, such as BPI Auctions, do not require items to be transported for auction, reducing travel costs and fuel consumption.

Junk machines do not have to be sold in the condition they are in. Dismantling machines for parts can be an easier way to sell, which may even secure more funds than selling them as a whole. Owners of the same or similar machines may need parts and don’t want to waste money on expensive new components. Using machinery to sell parts can help you and other business owners ensure that existing machinery is used for as long as possible.

Machine manufacturers or retailers understand that their products won’t be needed forever, and many have plans in place to prevent their products from being left behind as unnecessary and, in some cases, harmful waste. Take-back programs are organized by manufacturers to collect used products from customers and reintroduce the materials into the original manufacturing cycle. This process makes it possible to transform used machines into new equipment and avoids adding waste to landfill.

While selling to the public might be an ideal option, approaching local businesses that use similar machines might also be a suitable option. Searching for local buyers first can make it easier to pick up the item and reduce shipping and freight costs.

Henry Spencer, COO of BPI Auctions, said: “Companies are continually updating their machine collections with the latest technology. This can lead to obsolete and unwanted machines that businesses need to retire quickly.

“While there may be immediate removal options, businesses must be sustainable and dispose of equipment responsibly. Auctions are an easy way to dispose of unnecessary equipment and machinery while earning additional funds. Auctions are also a greener disposal solution and ensure machines are used for their purpose for a longer period of time.

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