Ingram Micro has struck a partnership with Intechra to provide its US-based value-added resellers (VARs) with access to a full range of asset recovery services.
The initiative encompasses refurbishment, remarketing, certified data destruction, recycling and end-to-end logistics.
"Intechra enables our customers to extend end-user relationships by providing several very valuable services around the disposal of old equipment," Ingram Micro North America vice-president of channel marketing, Justin Crotty, said in a statement.
"VARs can engage their customers in refresh discussions with a host of valuable asset-disposition services to eliminate the traditional hassles of pulling out older infrastructure and certifying data destruction. "The older equipment may also have some residual market value that the VAR can apply toward the purchase of new equipment."
Asset disposal is a growing concern in the IT industry, with regulations on the way to minimise the environmental impact of disused equipment.
Locally, the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has formed a working group to tackle the issue of accountability. Recycling initiatives have also been announced by Sims Group, Nova IT and Reboot PC.
Local Ingram boss, Guy Freeland, said he would speak to the distributor's US office to discuss possible localisation.
Ingram Australia had discussed asset recovery earlier this year but had put it on the back burner due to integration issues.
"It is a significant issue because something like one in four PCs finds a home following commercial life but that still means three are headed for the dumpster," he said. "There needs to be industry discussion."