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.