As a rule of thumb, if you’ve got equipment that’s less than 5 years old the chances are there’s going to be some value tied up in it. Like trading in cars, the more prestigious brands hold their value better, so if you invested wisely in the beginning the chances are you could be due a decent windfall. Disposal forms a critical stage in the lifecycle of your IT estate. If you’re seriously looking at what needs disposing, in all likelihood you’re probably evaluating or looking to plan some kind of technology refresh.
If it turns out there’s no value in your assets you’re still in need of disposal. In many instances your technology can be refurbished and given to good causes. Whilst you won’t be making money out of it, it shouldn’t cost you anything either. Only if the technology you’re seeking to dispose of is significantly old or contains hazardous materials, such as CRT monitors for example, should you end up incurring cost for their disposal.