Did you know it is a federal requirement to recycle your IT and electronic assets?
As end users, we are responsible for safe disposal of used computer equipment to be compliant with federal data security laws such as Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), Patriot Act of 2002, Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act (ITAD), and others.
Regardless of what your company plans to do with the old equipment, the first step to proper disposal is to protect your corporate information by removing all data from hard drives. Plenty of programs wipe hard drives. But we highly recommend using products that adhere to the U.S. Department of Defense standards for data cleansing.
So how can I safely and securely recycle my IT assets?
- Data wiping. When you get rid of your old computer, you need to permanently wipe the information on your hard drive to protect sensitive and proprietary information. Deleting files or even formatting the drive — isn’t enough.These files can be easily recovered by rebuilding the file directory or finding an older version of the deleted file through a backup and restore feature built into Windows. Data wiping permanently removes all data making the disk reusable for refurbishing and resale because it leaves the drive operable.
- Degaussing. Degaussing makes media totally unusable and physically destroys the computer drive. The data on your drive is exposed to alternating magnetic fields that overwrite your original data with random patterns.
- Hard drive shredding. Whether your computer equipment contains confidential and/or classified information, destroying your recorded data should be your priority when you’re preparing to refresh or renew your electronic assets. Hard drive shredding literally shreds and breaks up your hard drive into tiny unusable pieces.
- Recycle IT peripherals. Your mouse, monitors, docking stations, copiers, back up batteries, etc,. can all be repurposed or recycled through a recycler. IT recycling is especially important because many components contain harmful chemicals. Computer monitors for example, contain harmful chemicals like lead, cadmium, and mercury. When these chemicals are released into the air and water they have been linked to serious respiratory and neuropsychological disorders.
How do I know that my IT assets will be properly recycled?
According to the Basel Action Network (BAN) (which focuses on issues of global e-waste), as much as 80% of “recycled electronics” end up on barges headed for countries like China, Vietnam, Nigeria, Ghana, and India. To help prevent that from happening, contract with a service provider that is part of an e-Steward program.
As the EPA’s 2017 WasteWise Winner, we help you responsibly and securely dispose of your outdated IT assets, while maximizing your return. We take care of the entire process on your behalf. For all electronic components we re-purpose so it can be used again for other IT electronic devices. For other IT media, we offer the secure destruction of CDs, DVDs, VHS Tapes, Hard Drives and provide a Certificate of Destruction for your records.
Start e-cycling your assets today!