Out with the old, in with the new. Upgrading technology is exciting and necessary. You spend hours researching and comparing prices but what happens to the electronics being replaced? We generally spend very little time contemplating how to get rid of what we no longer use. Although not nearly as exciting, properly recycling electronics and protecting your personal information should have the same importance as buying their replacements. Here are the top three reasons for coming up with a plan for unwanted electronics.
In today’s world, a vast amount of personal information is stored on electronic devices. While you may think that dragging and dropping files into a virtual trash can is sufficient, it may leave you vulnerable. When you take your unwanted electronic devices to DataShield, we destroy each information bearing component before recycling – eliminating your information for good – forever.
Whether you’re replacing one device or one hundred, make sure you call a trusted information destruction company to ensure regulatory compliance and information security. DataShield offers convenient pick-up or drop-off options and we can even shred on-site. We’ll destroy your data and properly recycle what’s left so the only thing left to do is enjoy your upgraded technology.
Computers and nearly all other electronic devices contain hazardous chemicals and materials such as lead, lead solder, plastic, copper, chromium, beryllium, cadmium, barium, nickel, zinc, and sometimes even mercury. Neglecting to properly dispose of these materials is dangerous for the environment and your company’s reputation. Failing to recycle electronics can cost you millions. In 2011, Target paid California $22.5 million for improperly dumping hazardous waste. DataShield properly disposes of these hazardous materials and recycles the rest according to the strict guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Saturday, September 24th marked the annual City of Wayne Green Team electronics recycling event with service provided by DataShield. For the fifth year in a row community members drove through and dropped off unwanted electronics. This event and others like it are aimed at keeping e-waste out of landfills through proper disposal. Using a firmContinue Reading
If you sell your old cell phone and it gets into the wrong hands, what would someone find? A list of log-in passwords nestled in a page on your notepad? An app for your bank with your user name and password automatically saved? Or maybe you have an attached email account with copies of payContinue Reading
The organization “Solving the E-waste Problem” (StEP) recently released a report revealing the worldwide toll of discarded electronics. Electronics are constantly getting revamped and upgraded, and what do people do with their outdated device? Throw it away. In 2012, global sales of new equipment included 239 million televisions, 444 million computers and tablets, and 1.75Continue Reading
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a report on electronic waste and electronic recycling in the United States. Figures show that the United States has generated more than 3.4 million tons of electronic waste in 2011, an increase from 3.3 million tons in 2010. Almost 25%, or about 850,000 tons, made its way toContinue Reading
In a previous blog entitled, “The Hidden Security Dangers of Your Office Copier” we discussed the dangers of information stored on office copiers. Since 2002, digital copy machines have been equipped with hard drives that save and store all scanned, faxed, and copied documents. One organization recently discovered this the hard way. Affinity Health Plan,Continue Reading
There are many reasons why we should be recycling our old and broken electronics. With e-waste being the United States’ fastest growing waste stream and contributing to over 70% of the hazardous waste in our landfills, it is astonishing that electronics are still only recycled at a rate of approximately 12%. The issue seems toContinue Reading
It just might be one of the most exciting occurrences in the work place, the IT upgrade. Keeping up with technology is difficult, and the promise of enhanced productivity and ease of use is alluring. A rush to upgrade, however, could deliver a devastating blow to your company’s data security. Sensitive Information Protecting sensitive andContinue Reading
Electronic waste poses a serious threat to both the environment and the population when disposed of incorrectly. Electronic waste, or e-waste, represents the fastest growing segment of waste in the industrialized world. Recycling your old electronics helps to keep your home and organization free from the piles of old equipment, helping to create a cleaner,Continue Reading
On July 23rd of this year, a bill prohibiting the exporting of electronic waste in order to avoid improper and dangerous disposal was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 2791, The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2013 (RERA) is an amendment to The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) which already restricts theContinue Reading