It is important for consumers to know that recycling e-waste is one of the best options out there. Instead of simply throwing away e-waste, where it will inevitably end up in landfills, recycling e-waste is the greener and smarter option. However, all recycling centers are not the same. It is important that you find a location that is a certified data destruction company.
NAID is the National Association for Information Destruction, Inc. It is also the company that certifies other organizations. NAID certification means that the organization is up to date in their practices and are continually compliant with all secure data destruction requirements. If you are looking to find a company to securely destroy your hard drive or to recycle your e-waste, it is important to make sure the company is NAID AAA certified.
Certified destruction means that you can rest easy knowing that you will be dealing with professionals. One of the fears of recycling old electronics such as computers is whether or not the data on the computers will remain safe. When a company is certified, you can be assured that not only will the company comply to all environmental regulations, but it will also safeguard your data. The typical process of data destruction consists of completely destroying the hard drive and drive platters, fracturing the magnetic surfaces, and ultimately making the data stored on the drive unrecoverable. If the destruction is off site, companies will also have secure vans with locks as well as locked bins, which will keep your data safe as it travels from point A to point B. Many companies will also send you an itemized Certificate of Data Destruction so you know which files have been destroyed. Get a quote today!
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As we move into increasingly technical ages, more and more people find that they have electronic items which need to be replaced. The old items, known as ‘e-waste’, are making their way into landfills in increasing numbers, causing significant damage to the environment.
The processes involved in dismantling and then disposing of electronic waste items tends to make its way around to the third world, where cheap labor and poor working conditions keep costs as low as possible and enable unscrupulous firms to make as much profit as possible. Both liquid substances and the gases released into the atmosphere during these processes can cause significant damage, as they are absorbed into water sources, ground water, the soil and the air to affect human life, animal life and the success of crops needed for sustenance – and the availability of safe drinking water. A study of the impact of poor e-waste management in China led to shocking conclusions. A particular type of airborne dioxin associated with health problems was found in levels of 100 times more than previously, the carcinogens found in paddy fields and duck ponds was significantly higher than the given international standard for an agricultural area, and more than 300 times the level of heavy metals in the road dust was also reported.
From televisions, computer monitors, ATM machines, video cameras and numerous other devices, their cathode ray tubes are broken so that the yoke can be removed. Breaking these tubes releases lead and barium into the ground water and a toxic substance known as phosphor into the air. Circuit boards from all manner of electrical items have their solder removed to take off the computing chips, with the boards then bathed in acid to remove any traces of fine metal elements. The discharge from this into rivers and the air is staggeringly unhealthy. These are just two examples of what can happen when e-waste is not recycled properly. If you are seeking e-waste recycling services in LA, be sure to find a professional company who will do the job right.
Is your house or office space cluttered with old and unused electronics? Are you unsure of how to handle or remove this clutter? Well in observance of Earth Day, why not take them to a reputable EPA-approved e-waste recycling firm that specializes not only in e-waste recycling but also in hard drive data destruction. Today, we celebrate Earth Day, a day that encourages society to go greener and protect mother-nature while promoting a sustainable environment through recycling and secure data destruction. In support of Earth Day, businesses and residents are encouraged to gather up all their obsolete and unwanted electronics including computers, cell phones, laptops, printers, and televisions and request a free pickup from a certified recycling firm. According to the Earth day organization, the U.S. produces approximately 50 million tons of e-waste per year and an astonishingly 25% or less of that are actually recycled and safely disposed of. So you might ask yourself, where does the rest of the e-waste end up? Well, most end up in landfills where lead and other toxic chemicals are released into the atmosphere causing pollution and health problems.
Many of us can relate to the endless amount of papers piled up in our offices yet how many of us actually do anything about it? A great alternative to recycling is donating the electronics to schools or charities that could put better use of these items. If a computer cannot be salvaged or repaired then the best thing to do is to recycle. Sometimes recycling is inevitable as in this very case. Keep in mind that recycling is a way for manufacturing companies to use parts from a recycled electronic and refurbish the item to be sold in stores. With that said, recycling serves an economical purpose as well as environmental one. Here are a few tips to keep your business and home a whole lot greener:
- Gather together all your unused or obsolete electronics
- Find a reliable recycling company for pickup service or on-site/drop-off service
- For security, make sure to ask for proof of destruction. Most companies may provide a certificate of destruction so you can be rest-assured that your privacy and identity has been kept confidential.
By following these tips, you will have a piece of mind knowing that you not only cleaned up all that clutter but also did your part in helping the environment. Make saving the environment a habit instead of a one-time practice. Pledge an “act of green” today. Mother Nature will appreciate your good deed this Earth Day. If you’re looking for an Orange County data destruction center then request a quote from West Coast Computer Recycler.