How to Recycle a Flat Screen TV

How to Recycle a Flat Screen TV With March Madness in full swing and football season just around the corner, you may be considering an upgrade for your TV. Whatever the reason, shopping for a new TV is easy and fun. However, do you know how to recycle your old flat screen tv? If your TV is still working, you can donate or sell it. Schools, public libraries, and local donation centers can give your TV a second life without contributing to the world’s growing e-waste problem. Selling your TV is also an option. Whether you include it in a yard sale or post it for sale online, it is likely that you could make a little money and extend […]

The E-Waste Recycling Process

Every year billions of new technology products are built and shipped out across the world. From laptops, to cell phones, to televisions, and more, it’s likely that you’ve purchased one yourself in the past year. Recycling the device it’s replacing is crucial, both for sustainability and environmental health. But what is the E-Waste Recycling Process?  The answer depends on the type of device, but, broadly speaking, the general process involves shredding the device and sorting its contents into component groups.  The E-Waste Recycling Process by Device Type  Cell Phones, Hard Drives, Computers, and Laptops  While this category is broad, the recycling process for these technologies tend to be the same. An e-recycler will pick up the devices from a drop […]

Data Destruction Certificate: What is it, and Why is it Important?

A data destruction certificate, also referred to as a Certificate of Destruction, is a crucial part of the technology destruction or recycling process. The certificate guarantees that all of the data on a piece of technology was properly destroyed.  With data breaches and cyber crimes on the rise, this guarantee is more important than ever.  What is a Data Destruction Certificate The actual data destruction certificate differs based on the company doing the work. However, most follow the template set below. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides a framework for best practices in media and data destruction.  The certificate typically contains the person and provider performing the service, information about the type of media being destroyed, a […]

Remote Work E-Waste: Sustainable and Secure Solutions

Remote and hybrid work launched as a grand experiment as offices closed down due to the pandemic. A few weeks out of the office turned into months and years. Now, for many workers, a remote or hybrid workspace is the new normal. While remote work was a success for many, it’s also created a new problem. E-waste from remote work is now piling up in concerning amounts.  Workers sent home often required new technology, or had to bring office equipment with them. With computer life cycles typically around 3-5 years, it’s more than likely that much of that equipment sourced at the beginning of the pandemic is reaching its end. And with workers reliant on well-functioning technology now more than […]

E-Waste Solutions for 2023 and Beyond

The impact of electronic waste (e-waste) is global and toxic. E-waste has become the fastest-growing stream of solid waste in the world. Aside from filling landfills, e-waste contains harmful chemicals that contaminate the soil, leach into the water supply, and pollute the land. Workers and communities exposed to e-waste face serious health impacts including thyroid dysfunction, behavioral changes, lung damage, adverse birth outcomes, and more. As a result, finding e-waste solutions is crucial for the health of people and the planet. E-Waste Solutions to Practice in 2023 1.    Donate Your Devices Donating your old or unwanted electronic devices is an excellent practice for both sustainability and philanthropy. Working computers, tablets, servers, and other equipment can be used in schools, libraries, […]

What Electronics Can Be Recycled?

Technology is all around us. Whether you’re at home, in the office, or even in a coffee shop, you’re surrounded by phones, computers, tvs, smart watches, and more. All of these technologies have a shelf life. Most of them contain harmful chemicals, or valuable resources, that shouldn’t end up in a landfill. So which of these electronics can be recycled?  The good news is that you are more than able to recycle nearly all of these technologies. However, the process of recycling differs based on the technology.  Computer and Laptops  Nearly every type of computer or laptop can be recycled. In those computers, only 2% of the material can’t be recycled. For every computer recycled, that means that those resources […]

Secure Data Destruction Through E-Recycling

Technology is everywhere in our personal and professional lives. Some professionals have work phones, some have work laptops, and some might even use their personal computers. While that technology will age out, the data stored on it won’t. Secure data destruction is crucial to keep that information out of the wrong hands. For criminals and bad actors, that data can be a gold mine. An old laptop, phone, or tablet typically contains a wealth of personal and professional information. If that data is stolen, it can lead to identity theft and data breaches. In a worst case scenario, stolen data can compromise the security of your business or family.  The risk is real, and even affects some of the world’s […]

Benefits of Hard Drive Destruction

Benefits of Hard Drive Destruction A hard drive is a storage device that holds digital content. It is known as “non-volatile” storage, meaning that it saves data, even when its power source has been turned off. All of your computer’s programs, files, photos, and documents are saved to the hard drive. Hard drives can exist internally – within your devices and externally – connected by a USB cable or other wired interface. While running a business, you will undoubtedly need to replace your hard drives as they are worn out or damaged. However, you may not know what to do with the old drives. Holding on to hard drives can be just as risky as throwing them away. If given […]

Best Practices for Hard Drive Destruction

Best Practices for Hard Drive Destruction A hard drive is a high-capacity storage device that stores digital content on your computer. Every computer contains an internal hard drive, but external hard drives are often used as well. Over time, your hard drives will no longer work due to age, heat, power issues, and more. When it comes time to replace your computer and hard drives, you will want to consider the best method of disposal. Professional hard drive destruction is the best disposal method when considering safety, compliance, and sustainability. Because nearly all business and personal information is now stored digitally, proper disposal may help you avoid a data breach. Data breaches expose confidential communications, financial transactions, and business secrets. […]

What Industries Need Hard Drive Destruction?

What Industries Need Hard Drive Destruction? Hard drive destruction services physically dispose of data collected by your electronic devices. The process removes the internal hard drive from your device and runs it through a specialized shredder. Our shredders use 40,000 pounds of force to obliterate your hard drive into thousands of tiny pieces. The destruction of your hard drives ensures that your data is unrecoverable and safe from misuse. Physical destruction is necessary, as other erasure methods have been known to leave behind bits of information that can put your business at risk. Although all industries can benefit from hard drive destruction, certain trades are more vulnerable to hackers due to the types of information they handle. Below is a […]