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. 

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....



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