The destruction of data from electronic equipment, when it is no longer required, has become of increasing importance, as news of identity theft and unethical practices has highlighted the dangers of leaving business data on seemingly expired hardware. We perform the highest quality data destruction in the country, ensuring that your data and the data of your customers is completely safe after you have decommissioned your equipment.
- Our Unique E-Recycling Process – We believe that using the same kind of recycling process with every company is an inefficient way to perform equipment disposal. Instead, we create with you a unique recycling process for your business. As we are specialized in this field, we can provide the best data destruction on your equipment, assuring safety, security and a nominal price.
- Exemplary Service – Recycling process is a great responsibility, and it is not always an easy process. However, we have an extensive network of recycling trucks in North America, and our trucks can be arranged at any time for packaging, labeling and removing your old equipment. Data destruction at our facilities is an important part of the process. We also have a state of the art online management portal through which you can track the current location and status of your old equipment.
- The Highest Level of Professionalism – We are acutely aware that data destruction of old equipment is a great responsibility, as old equipment often contains significant or sensitive data. Our track record in maintaining dedication and certified integrity assures that we are the e- recycling company that most business trusts. R2 Responsible recycling, ISO4001, and e-steward certification are the highest level of certification in the business, and we have attained them all.
- Doing your Part for the Planet – Government has imposed laws on recycling to avoid disposing of products in an unsafe manner. If you do not follow the guidelines, you may be charged or at the very least may spoil your reputation. We go above and beyond the government guidelines and ensure data destruction of all the items are properly done and recycled so that your company is free from any risk.
The Importance of Data Destruction in E-Recycling
The world’s appetite for new and cutting edge electronics seems to almost insatiable. In 2015, it is estimated consumers will purchase a quarter billion computers, a quarter billion televisions, a half billion tablets and 2 billion cell phones. In the U.S. alone, the average consumer will spend $1,312 on electronics, and the average household has 24 unique consumer electronics. If you stacked the purchase of Apple products alone purchased in the last year, it would reach 4,200 miles high – all the way into outer space, or span the distance from Oslo to Mumbai. Personal computers are replaced, on average, every 3-4 years and televisions every 5-7 years.
It is indisputable that the world has a love affair with technology and as a result, we are creating a tsunami of electronic waste, much of it containing our sensitive data.
Reclaiming Valuable Resources
When electronics are recycled, a plethora of valuable and limited resources can be reclaimed. For example, recycling 1 million cell phones allows recovery of 50 lbs. (24kg) of gold, 500 lbs. (250kg) of silver, 20 lbs. (9kg) of palladium, and 20,000 lbs. (9,000 kg) of copper. These are all resources that the U.S. Geological Survey has identified as being in short supply, with a real risk of running out in the coming decades. Manufacturing of one computer and its screen requires 530 lbs. (240kg) of fossil fuels, 48 lbs. (22kg) of chemicals and 1.5 tons of water. The life cycle energy use of a computer is dominated by its production, 81%, as opposed to its operation, 19%.
Another potential source of reclaimable material, and one that should be of great concern to consumers is the sensitive data contained within many electronics. Do consumers have any protection regarding their personal data?
States Impose Legislation
In years past, many discarded electronics were left to languish in landfills where, over time, toxic substances polluted the ground, water, and air. It also left open the opportunity for data theft.
Many states in the U.S. have taken action to mitigate the potential long-term effects of disposing of electronics in landfills by passing legislation that bans the dumping of electronics in landfills and requires manufacturers to work with states to set up collection and recycling centers and shoulder the costs of recycling. Some states require labeling of electronics with manufacturer’s information and instructions on how to recycle. States seeking to protect the environment and ease the tax burden on consumers for the related costs have started charging manufacturers recycling fees for the privilege of selling in their state. A desire to protect the environment and reclaim precious and limited resources has become a driving force in many states choosing to take action to demand responsible recycling of consumer electronic goods.
With legislation that mandates the recycling of personal electronics, consumers may have concerns about turning electronic devices, many containing very personal information, over to recycling centers. Are those fears justified?
Consumer Privacy Concerns
Many consumer electronics, including computers, tablets, smartphones, and even thumb drives can contain personal and possibly compromising data in the wrong hands. As a result of these concerns, electronic recyclers such as All Green are using state of the art data destruction methods to ensure data is destroyed in a manner that leaves it permanently unrecoverable.
Data destruction can occur in a variety of ways; repeated cycles of erasure and overwriting, demagnetization, crushing, and even shredding. Responsible electronics recyclers have many industry approved practices in place to ensure the consumer’s information security is never compromised.
We are committed to Ethical Best Practices
As responsible and ethical recyclers of sensitive electronics, we are dedicated to performing data destruction to the highest industry standards. We use a custom built, state-of-the-art mobile shredder and data security system that is the most advanced in the world. Our top of the line, powerful Untha RS-30 shredder can shred several hundred hard drives in less than hour – simply incomparable to what other electronics recyclers can offer. Our equipment is capable of shredding everything from hard drives and other media devices to tiny data storage units only 8mm in diameter.
We take your privacy very seriously and ensuring complete and unrecoverable data destruction is a top priority and a promise we make to our customers. We’ve earned the trust of corporations, small businesses, and consumers due to our extensive experience and unsurpassed capabilities. We offer the same high level of service and integrity to all customers, whether you need 1 or 1,000 hard drives destroyed. Our well-defined standards and practices of data destruction ensure data is always wiped clean and is rendered forever unrecoverable – and not one hard drive is ever missed. We are committed to 100% compliance with rigorous standards.
We want to be your recycler of choice. Honesty, reputation, integrity, reliability, those are not just buzzwords – they mean something to us. We are driven to be the best, to deliver a service with the highest possible standards, and to know that what we do makes a difference.