Computer Crusher Blog

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!

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.



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