Computer Crusher Blog

Spring Cleaning Frenzy

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


     It is that time of year when our residential electronics recycling programs kick into high gear.  With all of the Earth Day events, citywide cleanups, and workplace events, we are hustling through every day to get it all done.  This is however one of our favorite times of year.  It is great to be able to deal with people and talk with them face to face about recycling and data security.  From interviews on TV morning shows to Earth Day events where we can showcase our onsite data hard drive crusher we love it all.  We have always crushed our customers’ hard drives onsite in front of them so that they can see with their own eyes that their data has been properly destroyed.  Over and over particularly in our residential events we hear comments such as "We are so glad you are here doing what you do".  We really appreciate that.  That is what keeps us going!  We want to show our customer’s first hand that they can trust us to safely and securely recycle their computer electronics.  We try not to charge for recycling most items but when we do these fees go towards the proper recycling practices of responsible electronics recycling.     

Honestly it has become difficult to keep our company profitable while handling TV's and other difficult materials such as CRT's and ensuring that they are recycled responsibly.  But since we started this company 10 years ago out of a garage, we have always gone the extra mile to make sure our recycling practices meet proper standards.  Several years ago we obtained our C2 certification which is monitored annually by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to make sure we handle all material in the most environmentally friendly way.  We analyze all computer equipment for reuse as it comes in our door.  We want to reuse more equipment that we have to dismantle.  This is a tricky balance and one that is constantly looked at by our staff.  Over the years we have found ways to reuse equipment that was previously dismantled.  By continuously examining our procedures we can build a more profitable company that can be around for many years to come to process the hundreds of thousands of tons of e-waste we process for our communities each year.  

     Thank you for recycling with us and giving us good feedback.  Each year we are adding more companies and corporations to our list who are putting on electronics recycling events for their employees.  We love this trend.  More and more companies are seeing that their employees appreciate the opportunity to recycle their electronics and appreciate their companies who sponsor them.  We've also seen more HOA's reaching out to us to put on recycling events for their residents.  Keep up the good work and bring us all those electronics and computers.  We love our work!

Denton Recycling Resources

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Here's a local recycling resource list for Denton Residents who want to recycle everything from prescription meds to TV's.  If you would like to share a resource that is not listed please submit it to us here.



Appliance Recycling
Fultons - Address: 1404 Fort Worth Dr, Denton, TX 76205
Phone: (940) 383-1651
Hours: 
Sunday  Closed
Monday      7:30AM–4:30PM
Tuesday      7:30AM–4:30PM
Wednesday 7:30AM–4:30PM
Thursday    7:30AM–4:30PM
Friday    7:30AM–4:30PM
Saturday  Closed

Accepted Items:
Washer/Dryer      
Refrigerators   (Must remove compressor then will accept both)
All kinds of scrap metal


Drug Disposal
Denton Police Department - Address: 601 E Hickory St, Denton, TX 76205
Phone: (940) 349-8181
Denton Drug Disposal is proud to announce the ongoing program allowing residents to drop off unwanted medications (not for commercial use). The Drug Disposal Kiosk is in the lobby at the City of Denton Police Department located at 601 E. Hickory Street.

Leave items in their original container; block out all personal information.

Accepted Items:
Prescription Medications (pills, liquids, creams, patches)
Over-the-counter Medications (pills, liquids, creams, patches)
Pet Medications
Vitamins, and Herbal Supplements
Inhalers


Electronics Recycling with Onsite Data Destruction
Computer Crusher Recycling - Address: 2141 Collins Rd, STE #801, Denton, TX 76208
Phone: (972) 426-6677
Hours: 
Sunday Closed
Monday       8AM–4:30PM
Tuesday       8AM–4:30PM
Wednesday  8AM–4:30PM
Thursday     8AM–4:30PM
Friday     8AM–4:30PM
Saturday      8AM–4:30PM

Accepted Items:
COMPUTERS/LAPTOPS/SERVERS
MONITORS
ALL POWER CABLES AND CORDS THAT GO WITH THEM
NETWORKING EQUIPMENT
SERVERS/ROUTERS/SWITCHES ETC
UPS BACKUPS AND UPS BATTERIES
LAPTOP BATTERIES
PERIPHERALS
KEYBOARD/MOUSE/SPEAKERS
AUDIO/VIDEO EQUIPMENT
CELLPHONES/OFFICE PHONES/CAMERAS
CABLE BOXES/DVR/DVD PLAYERS
ALL COMPUTER PARTS AND INTERNAL COMPONENTS
USED AND UNUSED INK AND TONER CARTRIDGES
ALL ELECTRONIC ACCESSORIES
If you don't see it on this list please ask us!  Thank you again for letting us serve you.

Household Recycling
Cupboard Natural Foods - Address: 200 W Congress St, Denton, TX 76201
Phone: (940) 387-5386
Hours: Recycling bins available 24hrs a day

Accepted Items:
Items must be sorted into the following bins:
Cardboard and box board (flatten boxes)
Paper (office/school paper, newspaper, magazines, catalogs, and phone books)
Aluminum cans and bottles
Steel and tin cans
Rigid plastic containers # 1-7 (no plastic bags, wrap, film, or Styrofoam®)
Glass bottles and jars (remove all lids)
Poly-coated cartons and aseptic packaging (gable-top milk and juice cartons, and soup, wine, and juice boxes) **drop-off only**
Not accepted:
Appliances
Electronics
Furniture
Trash
Hazardous waste




Typewriters are back

Thursday, March 03, 2016




With all the new technology coming out these days one would find it hard to believe that manual typewriters could make a comeback.  Yet that is exactly the case.  In fact because of all the new technology government agencies are going back to the ancient practice of composing with a typewriter.

     Following the NSA leaks in 2014 Germany and Russia began discussing the idea of returning to the ultimate security of a typewriter.  And in 2009 the New York Police Department spent over $1 million dollars on manual and electric typewriters.  Once you have a typewritten document there is no way to corrupt the “data” on it.  You rest assured that your typewriter will not catch a virus or be hacked.  There are no hard drives to be destroyed or compromised..  Here at Computer Crusher Recycling Company we process a fair amount of typewriters every year.  A lot of the typewriters we get come from our computer recycling events and workplace recycling events.  Many times though as we remove electronics from businesses they will also “donate” their old typewriters.  We used to automatically assume that these old typewriters have reached end of life and therefore would be scrapped for the metals in them.  However recently we have been able to find a new market for reuse of these ancient devices.
     

     Manual typewriters are also becoming popular with millennials.  There is the true feeling of a more pure form of technology when you use a typewriter.   You can even find typewriter repair shops that have become busier over the past few years.  I personally have never used a manual typewriter but can remember typing my high school papers on an IBM electric version.  I even had a high school class on typewriting.  It is interesting to see these big hunks of metal make a comeback after how far technology has come over the past few years.  We saw a similar trend with CRT monitors that we used to be flooded with.  We have saw a steady decline in the numbers of CRT’s as everyone shifted to LCD monitors.  It is a whole lot easier to recycle a LCD monitor than a CRT with 10 lbs of lead in it.  However several years ago we began getting requests from the gaming crowd who wanted to purchase CRT’s because of the deeper rich graphics that an LCD monitor couldn’t produce.
     

From an environmental standpoint it is great to see an avenue to reuse a product rather than scrapping it.  As we recycle tons of ewaste each year we strive to keep up with the trends and find value in the electronics that we process.  Now it seems we will need to pay more attention to the ancient technology of the typewriter as it appears in the growing mountain of electronics that we handle piece by piece.


Workplace Recycling Events

Friday, February 26, 2016


     Yet another way we collect ewaste to be properly recycled is through workplace and community recycling events.  A workplace recycling event is usually coordinated through a business's HR department and allows employees and team members to clean out their closets and garages at home and have their electronics recycled securely and responsibly.  As a state certified C2 computer electronics recycler we can ensure employees who participate in these events that not only can they see their data crushed onsite but can also rest assured it is recycled responsibly.  

     These events are a great way for employers to show their employees and the general public that they support a green initiative.  We can accept all types of electronics and recycle everything from computer monitors, laptops, pc's, cellphones, to home electronics.  Many times we do these events with paper shredding companies or during a blood drive event.  We also are very busy during the Spring and Fall doing these collection events for cities and municipalities.  HOA's and retirement communities have also held recycling events with Computer Crusher Recycling.  After the event is complete we can send a detailed report of how much ewaste was collected and thus kept out of our local landfills.  Contact us today to schedule an event for your organization.

Recycling Toner Cartridges

Friday, February 19, 2016


     One thing is for sure, being in the electronics recycling business you see a wide spectrum of materials to be processed.  A lot of people are surprised when they find out that we don't just recycle computers but a wide variety of products.  We routinely bring in everything from voting machines to toner cartridges.  A lot of customers end up with a lot of left over ink and toner in their store rooms for printers and copiers that they don't even own anymore.  We can recycle these as well as used ink and toner cartridges.

     For years we have been recycling voting machines after they are deemed outdated.  We also destroy voting results data that is left on the machines.  Since we dismantle computer equipment by hand at our facility, we deal with all types of metals and ABS plastic.  Many times while we are removing computers from a business we will also take old metal filing cabinets and metal chairs.  We have even been successful at times reselling the filing cabinets and chairs and thus skipping the recycling process.  Reuse is the greatest form of recycling.  We can recycle server cabinets and server rails as well because of the metals used to produce them.  I can remember at least one hospital where we removed and recycled hundreds of metal hospital beds.

     For corporations hundreds of keyboards, wires, and cables build up in the IT department as updates and refreshes are implemented.  Monitor stands, software disks, mice, and old Blackberry phones pile up over the years as technology moves at a lightning pace.  Over the years we have developed resources to recycle this wide spectrum of IT equipment.

     We are thankful to be able to offer this service of securely and responsibly recycling computer electronics as a certified C2 electronics recycling company based in Denton Texas.  Click the link below to see a full list of all of the products that we keep out of our landfills and help keep our community clean....  over 500,000 lbs last year!

Hard Drive Crushing for Security

Monday, February 15, 2016

Security First!  Crushing Drives One by One


With a name like Computer Crusher you better know how to crush hard drives!  Onsite physical hard drive destruction is what we have specialized in now for 10 years.  Computer Crusher Recycling actually started out as a hard drive destruction company in 2006.  As the hard drives piled up so did the need to responsibly recycle electronics.  Our customers wanted to know how to dispose of their computer electronics after their hard drives were destroyed, so we started offering our recycling services in addition to our hard drive destruction services.

Now 10 years later we are a C2 Certified electronics company.  We dismantle electronics that have reached their end of life by hand, with a real person ensuring that everything is securely recycled each step of the way. Since our humble beginnings we have always taken the stance that security should come first before recycling computer electronics. One of the ways we do this is by crushing hard drives right before your eyes! We've always felt this was a necessary benefit for our customers when everyone hears so much about data breaches and ID theft. You deserve the right to confidently know that your data is destroyed when you recycle your electronics.

Over the years we have noticed that very few computer recycling companies offer onsite PHYSICAL destruction.  Most will promise to wipe or erase them at a later time.  When we leave our customer's parking lot the data destruction issue is finished.  I have always assumed the reason why computer recycling companies do not offer onsite destruction is because it is too difficult to provide. To solve this issue, we designed and built our own hard drive crushing machines. These platter crushing machines are easily transported, and now equipped in all of our vehicles. With this equipment we're able to destroy anything from two hard drives for a doctor's office to 1600+ drives for a major IT Department. You should insist that your data is properly destroyed before having someone dispose of your electronics. Call us first and don't take a chance!

Recycling computer electronics

Monday, February 01, 2016
We get this question all the time.  "What happens to our computer equipment after you take it?"  We have been working on this problem for 10 years.  Unwanted computer equipment and sensitive data pose a problem for corporations and individuals alike.  Whether you are a corporation with thousands of employees or a student with an old laptop the issue is the same.  Since the very beginnings of our company's history we have had a very direct and tough approach to data destruction.  We physically crush hard drives in front of people’s faces!  We want people to be certain that their data is destroyed first hand.  
     Quickly we realized another problem.  What do we do with hundreds of thousands of tons of computers, printers, monitors, home electronics, etc?   As a computer recycling company we realized we needed to do more than just recycle electronics.  Why not reuse and refurbish equipment that has not reached its end of life?  This is a much more environmentally friendly way to handle reusable electronics than to disassemble them and send them to a smelter.  One of the first things we did is register with the State of Texas as an electronics and computer recycling company.  We currently hold a C2 certification from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  We learned that with the certification requirements that we are required to attempt to reuse 60% by weight of what we process in any given year.  End of life equipment is dismantled by hand at our facility in Denton, TX.  We teardown and sort all metals, plastics, and other materials and supply them to companies who can smelt them in bulk.  We bale our own computer plastics into 1500 lbs bales and take them to bulk plastics dealers.  All of our "downstream" vendors and handlers are checked out by the TCEQ as part of our certification.  Equipment that is deemed reusable is stripped of all assets tags, logos, and company identification.  We can then refurbish pc's, laptops, and LCD monitors after their drives have been destroyed and fresh operating systems installed.  

     We are constantly looking at our processes to improve them and continue our zero landfill policy.  The revenue that is earned through our efforts allows us to keep providing onsite data destruction, secure and complete computer recycling, and a very cost effective option for business's, families, and individuals who are looking for a great deal on computer electronics.  We feel this a winning solution for our customers and our community.

Computer Crusher is 10 yrs old!

Friday, January 22, 2016

It doesn't seem like it but Computer Crusher Recycling has been recycling electronics in Denton for 10 years!  Denton residents recycled over 53,310 lbs of electronics last year!  Thank you Denton residents for helping keep your community clean and promoting a green environment.  For the year 2015 we have successfully processed and reused or recycled over 53,310 lbs of electronics dropped off by area residents.  We consider this a huge accomplishment and service for our community.  All of the electronics were either collected at monthly events at the Cupboard Natural Food store or dropped off directly at our warehouse.  Overall we collected and recycled over half a million pounds of ewaste in the DFW area! 
       We have really watched our environmental efforts grow over the years and appreciate the positive feedback we receive from Denton residents.  We live and work here too and want to make sure we do our part to help keep Denton an awesome place to call home.  Check back soon to see our blog on what really happens to your computers and electronics when it is recycled by Computer Crusher Recycling.  Remember we not only recycle your computer but also CRUSH your data....


Get a New Recycled Computer to Help the Environment

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Businesses and families are always upgrading their computer. They feel it is important to have the newest computer systems to get the most from them. The old computers are often sent off to landfills once the data stored inside has been securely disposed of. The materials used in computers are very harmful to the environment. The danger they represent to the environment has resulted in special rules of how to dispose of computers. It can make the process difficult and expensive. It does not have to be that way.

Instead of buying new computer equipment, it is possible to refurbish an older computer and make it as good as any new. Computer Crusher Recycling is able to make old computers new and avoid the problems of having to find a way to get rid of the old computers.

What They Do

Computer Crusher takes old computers and instead of tearing the newer ones apart, destroying the data that is on them and leaving the parts to rot the environment, they refurbish the computers and upgrade them so the computers are able to work like new. They prove this everyday with the computers they use to run the business. Computer Crusher Recycling has run its business on refurbished computers for 10 years.

The computers are only a part of the system that has kept these components out of landfills. LCD monitors, printers, keyboards, mice and hard drives are all upgraded when the computers are taken in by Computer Crusher. When customers request to have their data physically destroyed the hard drives are crushed and the hard drive is turned into scrap metal. Some customers prefer to have the drives wiped and can be reused while their personal data is destroyed. When people start to realize how much hardware they have attached to their computer, they also realize the amount of trash they are generating when they get rid of computers. This is not what happens when they choose to refurbish their older computer systems.

Why Get Refurbished Systems?

There are plenty of reasons to consider a refurbished computer system.

  • Helps protect the environment
  • Refurbished systems cost a fraction of the price of new computer systems
  • It is easy to do
  • Refurbished systems come with a warranty

The last reason is the one that Computer Crusher is able to provide for its customers. They allow people to bring their old computers into their facility in Denton, or your computers can be picked up and shipped out by UPS. Once in the hands of Computer Crusher, the computers can be rebuilt thanks to the license held by Computer Crusher that allows them to reload Microsoft Windows 7 and to sell complete systems.

It is time for people to realize that computers are not disposable pieces of equipment, and when they are handled by the right people, they are something that can last for a long time. It is the best choice for everyone involved.

C2 Certified

Thursday, August 08, 2013

C2 Certification Explained:

Computer Crusher Recycling, LLC is very proud to announce that as of August 8th, 2013, we have achieved C2 certification, Control #2013034, ID #10032, from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. We have been preparing for this audit since November of 2011. What does C2 compliance mean? We are now recognized by the TCEQ as being in full compliance with all environmental and security processes that the TCEQ has set forth for electronic recyclers. During the site visit and full audit by the TCEQ our paperwork, processes as well as any downstream vendors were thoroughly checked and verified to meet TCEQ compliance criteria. In particular, how your equipment is handled, tracked, and processed once it arrives at our facility is closely verified through the audit process.

We are proud that we pioneered onsite physical data destruction in the computer electronics industry. We truly appreciate your ongoing trust in Computer Crusher Recycling to process your computer electronics in the most secure and environmentally sound processes. We now have the certified credentials to backup our continued efforts to provide you with exceptional computer electronics recycling.

 


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2141 Collins Rd. Ste 801
Denton, TX, 76208
(972) 426-6677

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