The 7 R’s Every IR Professional Should Know

Simplifying the Decision Tree

When utilizing these seven options for disposition, (from highest value returned to lowest value received) companies will realize increased revenue and make significant contributions to the environment. Adapt this to a sustainability message within your organization.

1. REUSE – A portion of the two to five percent of idle/surplus equipment can be reused internally through investment recovery programs. In addition to keeping salvageable equipment out of the landfills, reusing existing equipment instead of purchasing new reduces capital, depreciation, taxes and insurance costs.

2. RECONDITION – Rebuilding assets, such as instrumentations, valves, pumps and motors, to be put back into service or used as a backup is more economical than purchasing new. Toner printing cartridges can be rebuilt and refilled, disposable clothes and gloves reconditioned and cleaned and pallets repaired and rebuilt.

3. RETURN – Unwanted new equipment, spare parts, materials and supplies can be returned to the manufacturer or vendor for future credits or hard cash.

4. RESELL – As used equipment and excess inventory markets which resell unwanted idle/excess equipment become more prevalent, finding new sales outlets for old assets reduces losses and increases income.

5. RECLAIM – Spent solvents and chemicals, lube and quench oils and other chemicals can be reclaimed and reused. Recovering precious metals from x-ray, photo and plating operations further reduces waste, preserves natural resources and improves operating costs.

6. RECYCLE – Disposal costs and hazardous waste can be reduced with recycling. By converting oils, spent cleaning fluids and valuable chemicals, income is generated as well as resources reserved.

7. REMOVE– Removing excess/idle assets lowers the tax base and increases returns on capital.

SOURCE: Investment Recovery Handbook.© 2019 Investment Recovery Association