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Jason Townsend

Jason is a technology writer and lifestyle designer with a focus on green technology for a sustainable future. He is a mechanical engineer and an advocate for sustainable living practices that work with nature, not against it.

What Makes IT Asset Disposition Companies Safe and Secure

The past few years have transformed the IT landscape and organizations now are faced with the challenge of dealing with mounting e-waste. As a result, the services of IT asset disposition companies (ITAD) are increasingly being adopted by businesses across the world to protect data and guard against penalties from the improper disposal of IT assets. In fact,…

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Data Destruction Standards: Industry Best Practice to Destroy Your Data Securely

Over one-third of the organizations in the US lack active policies for the destruction of confidential data and information. And according to a study by the Ponemon Institute, more than 51 percent of those organizations that do have a policy lack elaborate data destruction standards. In recent years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) 800-88 standard…

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Using Business Intelligence Software to Overcome Data Security Threats in the Cloud

Today’s business environment is faster than ever – and the use of effective business intelligence software to manage huge amounts of data gathered has never been as important as now. Most of it is unstructured, but also unexploited, and this incredibly valuable source of insights remains untapped. However, businesses have now realized the potential of all this data…

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What is IT Asset Disposition (ITAD)?

What is ITAD? IT Asset Disposition, or ITAD, is the process of recycling and disposing of old electronic equipment and other IT resources in an organization using practices that are not only safe and secure, but also environmentally-friendly. And according to Michael Blumberg’s 2014 ITAD Trends Report, data security is the number one reason why organizations across the…

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Data Destruction Policy for Bankers: All You Need to Know

With banks handling so much data, maintaining information security via a data destruction policy is quickly becoming an integral part of their operations.  Financial and banking organizations are bound by legal and contractual obligations to safeguard client data. Secure disposal of financial information is of paramount importance and the ever-increasing risk of security breaches makes it imperative for…

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Data Shredding: Your Protection From Data Breach

Data breach is quickly becoming a headache for us while we take giant leaps in terms of technology, which is why data shredding is a rising star in the war against stolen data. According to the Breach Level Index (BLI) records, more than 554 million data records were compromised in the first half of 2016. And these are…

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Does Your Vendor Practice Ethical Data Destruction?

Ethical data destruction has become an important tool that effectively safeguards your organization against data breaches originating from storage devices. But what if the company shredding your data misuses the information? What if the company you hired for shredding your data sells you out? It is for this reason that you should get services from vendors that follow ethical…

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The Common Data Destruction Myths Crushed

Information Technology (IT) is the driver of the new world and data is its currency, but there’s a number of data destruction myths that may be leaving your business open to a data breach. In a world where IT has made our life easier than ever before, we must be careful to manage our exposure to threats like…

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5 Mistakes Companies Make When Selecting an Electronic Equipment Destruction Vendor

As companies create new proprietary technologies, what happens to the obsolete electronic devices such as defective toys, proprietary technology, defective gadgets, cell phones, and more? How can you be sure that your obsolete or defective equipment stays off the market? Companies wanting to protect their brand require that all equipment be securely destroyed. That’s because all enterprises, big…

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Best Ways to Destroy Tape Media and Secure Your Data

Faced with the need to destroy tape media? In most organizations, backup tapes contain confidential information that can cause security risk when not properly destroyed. If not, at some point just like in all other enterprises, you will need to destroy the data contained in storage media. And with the associated legal liabilities and environmental concerns, the process…

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HIPAA and Hospitals: Five Reasons Medical Data Storage is Often Not Compliant

With so much of the data controlled by doctors and hospitals on electronic devices, including mobile devices, desktop computers, servers, and in the cloud, the security of that data is quickly becoming the most important aspect of HIPAA (not HIPPA) compliance. Many medical providers and some of the largest hospital chains in the country have been found to…

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The easiest source for identity theft and the best identity theft protection

Computers and laptops are becoming obsolete faster than ever before. As we move more of our personal data onto computers, criminals are using the content left over on our old computers to steal our identities. There are five common misconceptions about the data stored on your old computer. While many people wonder what is the best identity theft…

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Effects of E-Waste

What are the effects of e-waste on our environment, on our planet as a whole? Have you ever wondered how the enormous amount of electronics waste is affecting the world we live in? The amount of e-waste is rising as the electronics industry is evolving. There is more e-waste these days than there has ever been before. It…

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The Importance of Data Security With Your Electronics in 2017

The internet has revolutionized our lives in many positive ways, but just like a double edged sword, it has a dark side. Personal privacy can be compromised, leaving you, your company, and your clients at the hands of unscrupulous individuals. Personal files, bank account details, client information, and payment information can be hard to replace and potentially dangerous…

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5 Keys to Keeping Corporate E-Waste Program Complaint

The EPA, Department of Toxic Substances Controls and other authorities are taking e-waste very seriously as corporations from at&t to Wells Fargo and recently Comcast are finding themselves at the center of huge fines and controversy. Recent changes in the way state and federal authorities are handling e-waste regulations brings to light the importance of proper controls for…

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How to Make Money from Your IT Assets With These 5 Revenue-Generating ITAD Secrets

You can make money from IT asset disposition (ITAD) and create revenue-generating ITAD from equipment liquidation by retiring your decommissioned hardware & technology assets with a certified ITAD vendor. You can expect the largest ROI before the residual value diminishes – typically 3-5 years from when it was first purchased. So, how do you dispose of your IT…

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How to Dispose of Light Bulbs: The Ultimate Guide

To dispose of light bulbs, it’s simple: Incandescent bulbs can be thrown in the black trash bin, but fluorescent, compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs must be taken to a Solvents, Automotive, Flammables and Electronics (SAFE) center for disposal. And while knowing how to dispose of CFL light bulbs is great. And knowing how to…

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CAER – Coalition for American Electronics Recycling

Protecting American citizens, the military and public health is of great concern to the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling. The goal of this company is to support responsible electronics recycling and to promote the development of new legislation that protects the interests of American companies, the environment and the consumer. Domestic Electronics Recycling One of the primary methods…

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3 Items to Always Recycle to Help Save the Environment

Our environment is continuously facing destruction every single day, due to abusive human practices that are not good for our planet. We need to change our ways if we want to have sustainable resources, not only for us, but also for future generations as well. Saving our environment can be achieved through the simplest ways each one of…

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What you need to know about Recycling LEDs

In an effort to incorporate “sustainable” lifestyle practices in the home, and work towards a greener environment for generations to come, many homeowners have turned to energy efficient lighting. Replacement of incandescent light bulbs is fast becoming a reality, and light-emitting diode or LED technology, is leading the way. But with all the existing light bulbs that are…

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Types of Electronic Recycling

Did you know only about 10 percent of cell phones get recycled? Sure, recycling has become a part of our everyday lives, with catchphrases such as “reduce, reuse, recycle” fast becoming commonplace; but there remains a shortfall in recycling of electronic components. We’re well rehearsed in recycling everyday products such as soda cans, glass bottles and cardboard, but…

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How To Properly Recycle a School’s Electronic Waste

All too often the chaos of the classroom takes priority over chores such as rubbish collection and recycling. The poor janitor can’t accommodate elaborate recycling requirements on top of the mess those screaming school kids leave behind everyday! Give the poor guy a break by making recycling electronic waste easier for everyone, and ensure your rubbish gets put…

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How To Extend The Life Of Appliances

When it comes time to replace those worn out appliances, we all know how taxing it can be on our pocket. Making sure you get the most out of your home appliances will help reduce the frequency of replacements and save you money. Check out these handy tips to extend the life of some commonly used appliances around…

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Pay One Of Your Utility Bills By Recycling This Every Month

Ever looked in your trash can and asked yourself: “What if I could get paid for all this stuff. Surely someone can do something with it!” Well, you’re right. All too often the trash we create can be recycled – and even earn you a pretty penny too. Imagine if you could, say, pay off one of your…

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Composting is Recycling – Here’s What You Should Know

Too often we think of “recycling” as something we do with the plastic and glass bottles we don’t want to throw in the trash, but there’s more to recycling around your home than you might think. Composting is another form of recycling that’s growing in popularity, and for good reason. Composting allows you to recycle organic material you…

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Basel Action Network Article Summary

The proliferation of electronic devices during the 1990s created a hazardous waste epidemic within the United States. In 1997, a 501(c)3 charitable organization formed to combat the growing public health threat of hazardous electronics waste pollution. Over nearly 20 years, Basel Action Network (BAN) has emerged as the only charitable organization that provides electronic waste information for scholars and…

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Common Holiday Items To Recycle

On average Americans create up to 25% more rubbish during the holiday season than at any other time during the year! To play your part in the conservation of our planet, and reduce your footprint, it’s important to recycle as many unused, waste holiday items as possible.   What sort of items can you recycle? Here are some of…

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5 Reasons To Recycle Your Old Phone

Mobile phones are the most useful and trendy gadgets available nowadays. A mobile phone can be a way to connect offline (via text messaging or via voice call) and online as well (via social networking sites or business connections). Your mobile phone can become your carry-on camera, movie player, play station and many other things. Since mobile phones…

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5 Reasons To Recycle Electronics

Gadgets are a trend that never goes out of style. Every month new models of cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices flood the news and attract consumers. People become so engrossed in the latest technology that they’re prepared to simply throw away what they currently have. But instead of throwing away new gadgets when replacements arrive, why not…

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5 TV Recycling Essentials

Did you know that U.S. consumers throw away approximately 400 million units of electronic equipment every year, TV sets included? Just like any other electronic, a TV set contains harmful chemicals that, if disposed improperly, can lead not only to health implications but environmental degradation as well. Televisions can be highly toxic, as they contain up to eight…

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3 Reasons To Recycle Your Old Laptop

You have a laptop, right? But, you plan to buy a new one. Before you do, consider recycling your old laptop. With respect to recycling old laptops, this blog will answer this question: How worthwhile or valuable is recycling an old laptop ? Here are three of the most important reasons you should recycle your laptop:   Recycling…

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10 Surprising Things Made From Plastic

Plastic is rapidly transforming our world allowing us to manufacture cheap, durable products at a scale never thought possible. Of the many products we use in our daily lives you’d be surprised just how many are made from plastic. Here are a few that might raise an eyebrow. Supermarket Carts The humble supermarket cart is now being made…

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3 Items To Always Recycle To Help Save The Environment

Our environment is facing destruction every single day due to abusive human practices that are not good for our planet. We need to change our ways if we want to have sustainable resources, not only for us, but also for future generations as well. Saving our environment can be done through simple things each one of us can…

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3 Reasons To Wait Another Year Before Upgrading Your Computer

Upgrading your computer something you will consider when you think your PC is not working well anymore. However, you should think twice before acting. This article reveals the 3 simple reasons why you should refrain from upgrading as there are repercussions to your actions. Here are the 3 reasons why you should wait another year before upgrading your…

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7 Reasons You should Recycle Your Old Computer

Computer Recycling Advancement in technology continues to grow at a galloping rate, such that every year better models of computers are released. This in return renders the old models obsolete, and since they cannot be thrown away as trash, computer recycling becomes a better option. Computer recycling refers to giving old computers to your local waste facility for…

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Counterfeit Goods Trafficking Puts Renewed Emphasis on Industry Certifications

Scandal continues to disrupt the electronics recycling industry – again the result of unscrupulous activity from trusted industry players. And when such a scandal hits, it’s usually accompanied by a laundry list of federal charges like trafficking in counterfeit goods and falsifying records. Many organizations and government entities rely on electronics recyclers for the destruction of various types…

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DEA Laboratory Awarded Federal Green Challenge Award

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Western Laboratory was presented the Federal Green Challenge award at the DEA National Lab Directors Conference on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. The award was in recognition of the DEA Western Lab’s increasing electronics recycling in 2014 – more than any other federal agency. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfield presented…

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Electronic Waste Recycling Shows Promise for Skills Training

Addressing Our Growing E-Waste Problem We all know by now that reducing waste, reusing everyday items for other purposes, and recycling components of our waste is better for our struggling environment. This is certainly true of our electronic waste – we are all eager to obtain the next device when it becomes available, but what becomes of the…

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Federal Government’s Green Initiative Challenge Program Sees Success

As an exercise aimed at promoting environmental awareness and the beneficial effects of electronic product recycling, the United States Environmental Protection Agency launched the Federal Green Challenge program to all the federal government organizations. As a part of this challenge, federal government organizations had to compete with one another, and one federal agency would be selected above all…

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Hong Kong to Build $550 Million E-Recycling Facility

A German recycling company, ALBA Integrated Waste Solutions, recently won a $550 million contract to construct and run Hong Kong’s first e-recycling center. Awarded by the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department, the new facility will be built at Echo Park in the city of Tuen Mun. ALBA Integrated Waste Solutions will set up eight collection points and three…

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How E-Waste Is Harmful to Your Health

E-waste is a term used for electronic products and computers that are thrown out, including laptops, tablets, printers, phones, game consoles, televisions, and DVD players, to name a few. Over 40 million tons of e-waste is produced worldwide every year, and only about 13% of that e-waste is recycled. As newer electronics are produced, older electronics become obsolete,…

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Illinois Increases Manufacturers’ Mandated E-Waste Recycling Targets

In an effort to curb the growing electronic waste problem, Illinois recently passed legislation requiring an increase in the volume of electronic waste that manufacturers are mandated to recycle. As a result of this legislation, manufacturers will be required to recycle more, and pay more for recycling. Illinois House Bill HB1455 increases required recycling for electronic manufacturers by…

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Is Recycling Cost Effective?

In elementary school, you may have heard the phrase “Reduce, reuse, recycle.” With current rates of sustainability, this phrase may become more relevant than chanting the phrase in a third year classroom. As a reminder, recycling is the process of changing a used product into one or more usable products. This is usually done by melting down or…

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Should Recycling Be Mandatory ?

According to Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), nearly 30 million to 40 million metric tons of Electronic waste, also known as E-waste, are generated every year in one form or the other. Experts attribute this mainly to the shrinking lifespan of the electronic devices that are used commercially these days in the form of smart phones, tablets and notebooks.…

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The Recycling Imperative – Why Recycling is Important

There’s much talk about recycling these days – what to recycle, how to recycle, and the many benefits. You may have asked yourself why recycling is important – it doesn’t seem to make a lot of difference to your day-to-day life. While there are many reasons, perhaps the most critical is preserving our planet and its delicate ecosystems…

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Where Does E-Waste Go?

Electronic waste is the waste generated from discarded electronic devices. Electrical devices that are no longer in use or those meant to be recycled or reused can also be considered e-waste. E-waste is considered to be one of the most dangerous/hazardous forms of waste due to the high level of chemicals such as lead, beryllium etc. present in…

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Who Invented Recycling, and Why is it so Important ?

Recycling may seem like a relatively new concept, but researching who invented recycling shows that for centuries in the past, recycling was a way of life. People of the distant past didn’t waste anything they could put to use. Animals were used as food, their hides used as clothing, ligaments were used for thread, and their bones used…

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Woman Leaves Rare $200,000 + Apple I Computer at Local Recycling Center

A California electronics recycling center is at a dead end, hoping to hand over a check for $100,000 to an unidentified woman who dropped off an extremely rare Apple I computer amongst her donations and left without providing any of her contact information. The Mystery Woman  In April, a Milpitas, CA woman dropped off several boxes at a…

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EPA Hails E-Recycling Progress and Opportunities to Improve

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report showing progress in e-recycling (electronic waste recycling) on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in Washington D.C. Additionally, EPA representatives identified opportunities for the EPA to advance G7’s recognition of circular economy through efficient use throughout the lifecycle of natural resources. The Advancing Sustainable Materials Management Facts and Figures Report The…

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How Does Recycling Electronics Help the Environment?

What is E-Waste? Electronic waste, also known as e-waste, comprised 1.87 million short tons of consumer matter in 2013. This amount accounts for 40% of total recycled consumer electronics. A short ton, also known as the US ton, is equal to 2000 pounds of material. If an average male African elephant weighs seven tons, 1.87 million tons is…

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What Is E-Waste and Why Is It a Problem

Today more than ever, people are becoming more concerned with recycling. We have trash bins to separate plastic from paper, and even glass bottles by their color. This is a great effort by society to create a cleaner more sustainable planet for all to enjoy. But there is one item we are not recycling that is often overlooked,…

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