E-waste takes many forms. From the most commonly thought about, cell phones and computers, to the more niche, like smart printers. All of the e-waste we generated played a part in our increasingly digital lives, whether it be connecting us to our friends, or printing out a crucial business presentation. Just as it was important to us during its useful life, it’s important to be mindful during its disposal. Secure e-waste destruction is important, both for the health of the environment, and for the security of your personal data.
Why Secure E-Waste Destruction is Important
If your technology contains any sort of memory device, you need to make sure it’s destroyed properly. While this may sound like hyperbole, the dangers of data theft are very real. Your phone, computer, or even smart tv contains important information, from passwords, to payment information, to sensitive personal information. If left out on the side of the street, or thrown into a landfill, anyone that picks up that technology can access your data.
That’s also the case if you sell your technology without taking the proper steps. It’s always tempting to make money, and if you are going to recoup some of the cost, make sure it is wiped to DOD or NIST standards.
Outside of data security, the environment remains an important concern. E-waste tossed into landfills or improperly disposed of can severely damage the environment. E-waste contains a number of chemicals that, if left to decompose in a landfill, can poison the groundwater and the air.
How Secure E-Waste Destruction Happens
So what happens to the e-waste during the secure destruction process?
The Importance of a Data Destruction Certificate
An important part of the technology destruction process that you should not neglect is the collection of a data destruction certificate. This piece of paper or digital document signifies the proper destruction of all data located on a piece of technology.
For businesses, it provides liability protection and regulation compliance. For an individual, it provides peace of mind, and you can rest assured that your sensitive information won’t fall into the wrong hands.
How Electronics Recycling Finder Can Help
If you’re looking to dispose of old electronics, Electronics Recycling Finder can help. We partner with recyclers across the country who can ensure the secure destruction of any e-waste you have. Give us a call at (844) 648-4908, or fill out the form on the page, and we’ll connect you to a recycler in your area within minutes.