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!

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.

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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