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 […]

Where to Recycle or Dispose of Old TVs

Where to Recycle or Dispose of Old TVs Getting rid of old TVs can be difficult, especially if you have older, bulky models that are challenging to move. TVs are problematic because they become outdated so quickly, are replaced frequently, and many are not designed for easy recycling. However, TV removal must be handled responsibly to follow hazardous waste regulations and curb negative environmental impact.   Can I Throw a TV in the Trash? TVs cannot be thrown in the trash. Televisions are considered hazardous waste because of the harmful chemicals and parts they contain. Many states have a ban on the disposal of electronics that prohibits items like TVs, laptops, and tablets from being thrown away. Therefore, residents and businesses […]

Where to Recycle Electronics

Where to Recycle Electronics In most states, it is illegal to dispose of electronics using your regular trash or recycling services. Electronics contain toxic chemicals that require specialized disposal methods and should not be crushed or burned in landfills with typical garbage. When you recycle electronics you help keep harmful substances out of landfills and prevent dangerous emissions from being released into the environment.  There are three main options for recycling your electronic devices. You can donate working electronics to those in need, let a tech company recycle your devices, or use a professional recycling service.    Donate to Charity Many charities, non-profits, and other organizations accept functional or repairable electronics for donation. The devices are then used by the organization […]

Hard Drive Certificate of Destruction —What’s the Purpose?

Hard Drive Certificate of Destruction —What’s the Purpose? A certificate of destruction is an official statement summarizing the details of your hard drive destruction project. It is issued by your service provider when your project is complete. The document serves as verification of proper hard drive destruction in compliance with data privacy laws and regulations. When you trust a company to handle your hard drive destruction project, it is important to know the process will be documented and reported to you. Be sure you are using a certified company that offers a detailed certificate of destruction with every job.  What’s Included? For legal compliance and effective record-keeping, a certificate of destruction should contain the following information: Transfer of custody showing […]

How Electronics Recycling Benefits Your Business

How Electronics Recycling Benefits Your Business E-waste is a growing problem that has global effects on our environment and health. Electronics recycling prevents the buildup of e-waste, benefits the planet, and improves human livelihood. Today, all businesses have to address the issue of e-waste and select services that not only benefit the world but also their bottom line.  As attitudes and legislature change in favor of recycling efforts, recycling is becoming more affordable and accessible. Smart businesses will choose to recycle, to reduce the storage of old electronics, lower costs, avoid fines, and boost their reputation.  Reduce Storage We all have that box of old electronics, loose cords, and random computer parts taking up space in a closet. If you […]

How Does Electronics Recycling Work?

How Does Electronics Recycling Work? Electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest growing waste stream in the world. As technology advances, the lifespan of our electronics is getting shorter, creating a dramatic increase in e-waste. It is estimated that only 10 to 20 percent of e-waste is recycled. The rest ends up in landfills, incinerators, or is illegally exported to other countries.  Electronics contain toxic substances that need to be disposed of safely and properly. When devices are broken down or incinerated incorrectly, they can leak and contaminate the environment. The chemicals seep into the ground and release into the atmosphere. This poisons the soil, water, and air for nearby communities and causes a slew of dangerous environmental and health consequences.   […]

What Are Certified Electronics Recyclers?

What Are Certified Electronics Recyclers? Certified electronics recyclers have passed a rigorous auditing process proving that they adhere to specific standards while handling and recycling electronics. The certification process focuses on management, safety, and quality practices that maximize recycling and minimize environmental damage.  Recyclers are certified by accredited, independent third-party auditors. Once certified, the recycling company will continue to be reviewed on a regular basis. Types of Certifications There are two accredited certification standards for electronic recyclers. Both accreditations promote high ideals and solid ethics in the field of electronics recycling.  Responsible Recycling (R2) Standard for Electronics Recyclers The R2 Standard emphasizes quality, safety, and transparency for electronic recycling and repair providers. They are committed to improving environmental and social […]

E-waste Drop Off — When and Where?

E-waste Drop off — When and Where? E-waste is a term that applies to obsolete electronic devices. Whether you are updating a single item or cleaning out a stockpile of old electronics, you will need to know how to properly dispose of e-waste that cannot be thrown away with the trash.  Electronics recycling and proper disposal protect the environment from chemical exposure and reduce the use of landfills. Safe disposal is a responsible decision that benefits sustainability in many ways. The following is a guide to e-waste drop-off services.  Where? There are several options for e-waste drop-off. Contact local locations for more information on drop-off services and availability.  Hazardous Waste Disposal Most counties have a hazardous waste facility that will […]