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How to dispose of machinery sustainably

Sustainability has become a key focus across many industry sectors, with businesses constantly reviewing and revaluating their processes to improve their carbon footprint.

Due to many large corporations having the responsibility to adhere to strict and regular fleet renewals and machine upgrades, machinery is often left unwanted and needs to be removed as soon as possible. Target green credentials and a responsibility to comply with commercial waste regulations, mean that disposing of machinery is not as simple as taking it to a landfill site, and if disposed of incorrectly could lead to serious consequences.

To help advise you on how to remove unwanted machinery legally and safely, we’ve shared insight and guidance for disposal below.

Sell through auction

First, one of the most beneficial options is to sell unwanted machinery through auction. Small businesses may have limited funds when purchasing machinery and rely on second-hand equipment to expand their capabilities. Thus, selling through an auction is a straightforward solution to secure funds whilst not managing the selling process yourself. Many auction sites, like ourselves, do not require items to be transported for auction, reducing travel costs and fuel consumption levels.

Strip down for parts

Unwanted machinery doesn’t have to be sold in its state. Stripping machinery for parts can be easier to sell and may even secure more funds than selling it as a whole. Owners of the same or similar machinery may require new parts and don’t want to forfeit money on expensive new components. Using the machinery to sell parts can help ensure existing machinery is used as long as possible.

Check for buyback schemes

Machinery 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 as unnecessary and in some instances harmful waste. Manufacturers organise take-back schemes to collect used products from customers and reintroduce the materials to the original manufacturing cycle. This process allows the used machinery to be turned into new equipment and avoids added landfill waste.

Liaise with local businesses

Whilst selling to the public can be an ideal option, approaching local businesses that use similar machinery could also be a suitable option. Looking for local buyers first can make removing the item easier and reduce costs for delivery and transportation.

Henry Spencer, Chief Operating Officer at BPI Auctions, shared, “Businesses are continually updating their machinery collections with the latest technology. This can lead to outdated and unwanted machinery that businesses want removing promptly.”

“Whilst there may be some immediate removal options, businesses must be sustainable and responsibly dispose of equipment. Auctions are an easy way to remove unneeded equipment and machinery while making additional funds. Auctions are also a greener disposal solution and ensure the machinery is being used for longer.”

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to dispose of machinery sustainably and secure additional funds, our international and industrial marketplace has over 1.5 million unique users.

We require no upfront costs and offer a free marketing strategy to ensure your items gain as much interest as possible. Our turnaround time is also unrivalled by competitors to help you get the funds you need in the shortest possible time. Get in touch with our team today to find out how we can help you!

Alternatively, if you require new machinery and want to save funds by buying second-hand, check out our available lots here.

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