Computer Crusher Blog

Choose Your E-waste Vendor Wisely

Friday, March 08, 2019

It goes without saying that your data is sensitive.  No matter what type of business you are in you have data that needs to remain private.  I know personally I have hundreds of spreadsheets analyzing customer behaviors, sales figures, company cash flow information as well as anything else that can be analyzed.  Once a company begins hiring employees your data becomes even more sensitive as social security numbers, bank accounts, and other personal information must be electronically filed away.  When it comes time to upgrade and dispose of your computers, laptops, and servers an important decision must be made.  Who are you going to trust to handle your ultra-sensitive data that it is written and stored on your hard drives? 

Just about any computer recycling company will address hard drive destruction when asked about it.  You can probably find it mentioned on their website. When it comes down to it, how will your hard drives be dealt with?  Very few companies will offer or have the capability to perform onsite data destruction on your hard drives.  The type of data destruction that you can see with your own eyes. It comes down to a trust factor when your computers are hauled off for recycling and your sensitive data goes with them. The security of your company rides on the company policy and integrity of your chosen computer recycling company.  This is the primary reason we have always since the inception of the company offered onsite physical destruction of computer hard drives. It’s a trust factor. There are no questions left when you witness a hard drive being physically destroyed.  When we leave the parking lot on a hard drive destruction project the security issue is over. I would hope that most computer recycling companies do the right thing and exercise due diligence and integrity in their offsite data destruction policies.  

When computers and laptops are recycled, they are resold as part of the recycling process in many cases. Computers and laptops are worth more to a recycling company with intact hard drives. This is not a bad thing. After all reuse has a much more positive impact on the environment than smelting and recycling. You cannot reuse a hard drive after it has been physically destroyed. Isn’t that the point of physical data destruction? The bottom line is this. Make sure you know who you are doing business with when it comes time to dispose of your computer hardware. If you are comfortable with offsite unwitnessed destruction make sure you are provided documentation. We provide our customers with a certificate of destruction that lists every serial number of every drive we process. When it comes to computer recycling companies, choose wisely!

The State of Computer Recycling Today

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

It seems more than ever we as Americans are consuming more and more electronics.  You won’t get very far driving down the roads these days without seeing someone glued to their cell phone or GPS while trying to drive!  We Americans love our electronics.  As interest for mobile devices and on demand type services increase the pile of discarded electronics grow bigger and bigger.  We are of course more dialed into the vital importance of recycling and preserving resources for our environment.  When you look at the business and corporate world today you see the biggest impact on the cycle of buying and then discarding computer electronics.  Many corporations have a 3 to 4 year refresh rate on computers, laptops, and LCD monitors.  This does not include the many units that are discarded because they are damaged, non-working, or obsolete.  We frequently come across commercial sized printers and LCD monitors that are put out of service because of the cost of the replacement parts.  Another big factor that we have seen impacting computer recycling today is cloud computing.  Many large and small companies alike have moved to storing their data remotely using a cloud service rather than their own network servers.  There has been a growing pile of large heavy network equipment waiting to be recycled as companies move to a more efficient and convenient cloud-based network platform.

                One thing that has not diminished and in fact has become even more critical is the security of our electronic data.  While recycling your computers and laptops is of upmost importance, the proper destruction of your data and your company’s data is critical in today’s technological environment.  Thieves and criminals today are highly technological.  They know how to steal your data long before you even know there is an issue.  One of the most important times to analyze your security practices is when you recycle your electronics.  Particularly as a business you need to know what happens to your data that is left on the hard drives of your computers, servers, laptops, etc., as someone hauls them off for recycling. We have always offered our customers the option to witness their hard drives being destroyed onsite as they observe.  There is no better way to positively confirm that your data has been destroyed than witnessing it with your own eyes.  You also need to ask for documentation that shows info such as serial numbers of the hard drives destroyed for your records.  Just like any other industry it is important to know how long the computer recycling company has been in business.  This speaks volumes about their resources used for recycling as well as experience in the electronics recycling industry.  In the Dallas Fort Worth area alone, our company recycled well over 500,000 pounds of computer electronics in 2018.  Many of the thousands of hard drives that we recycled were crushed in front of our customers.  Over the last 11 years we have seen a lot of changes in the different types of electronics we recycle.  The one thing that has not changed is the need for secure data destruction. 

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




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!


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Computer Crusher Recycling LLC
2141 Collins Rd. Ste 1201
Denton, TX, 76208
(972) 426-6677

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