LOOKING FOR ELECTRONICS RECYCLING IN THE WASHINGTON DC METRO AREA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA (NOVA), AND BALTIMORE AREAS?
In today’s world of electronics, technology is always advancing, and this has led to a rise in the disposal of computers. The United Nations Environmental Program has estimated that approximately 50 million metric tons of waste comprised of electronic gadgets is globally collected on an annual basis. A large portion of landfills is taken up by such electronic waste the need for proper electronics recycling and secure data destruction is greater than ever. It is not commonly known that computers have a high amount of harmful chemicals such as cadmium, mercury, lead oxide, zinc and nickel that can cause harm to the environment and the human population.
THE BENEFITS OF ELECTRONICS RECYCLING
Electronics recycling is a process where parts from old equipment are used to reproduce new parts that can be used again. It is essential for people to know that almost every part of a computer can be reused after being recycled. Electronics recycling benefits the world by reducing the space in landfills, reducing the emission of toxic chemicals, conserving the energy used by manufacturers and providing a source of lead for producing new items. Recycling computers allows new ones to be created.
The process of electronics recycling does not only involve the creation of new products. Many companies that refurbish computers, for instance, also donate computer equipment to schools and charities so that people who cannot afford them can make use of what other people have discarded.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO DESTROY DATA FROM OLD HARD DRIVES
Secure data destruction is another aspect of electronics recycling. This involves the removal of all data from computer hard drives. Destruction of hard drives can be done through shredding, degaussing and other methods that are up to par with the standards of NIST and DOD software. Erasing data allows computers that are recycled and donated to charities to be as good as new. Hard drive formatting is not adequate as the data in them can be recovered quite easily. This is where hard drive destruction or shredding comes into play, and many electronics recycling companies follow the regulations set by the EPA during the process.
Sensitive data always needs to be protected, and when a computer needs to be disposed of, hard drive destruction is the best way to make sure that all important data is disposed of along with it.
Electronics recycling is an essential process today as there are many concerns about the damage that has been caused to the environment by technology. In some states disposal of electronic waste in a landfill is banned. It allows people to not only do their bit in protecting the world and leaving a better future for generations to come, but donating computer equipment also allows them to help those who are less fortunate and give them the skill sets to better their lives. In the end, electronics recycling benefits everyone including the planet itself.
Electronics & Computer Recycling Process:
- Order is received or picked up.
- The equipment is inventoried. The SN, and Manufacturer information are captured for reporting purposes if requested by the customer.
- Company labels and asset tags are removed; data destruction is performed on all hard drives and other media.
- Segregation of working and non-working electronic equipments is performed.
- Non-working equipments is send to down line vendors for recycling. Working equipments is remarketed / donated for charity.
- Certificate of recycling and data destruction is issued at the customer’s request.
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