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How is Electronic Waste Recycled

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how is electronic waste recycled
Daliah Okoro
Daliah Okoro
August 10, 2018

In today’s world of growing technologies, many companies are now faced with the task of disposing of old hard drives and media that is no longer used, known as e-waste. There are different categories of e-waste from household products to items that you would only see at a work office. Office companies with e-waste such as memory sticks, disc drives, and hard drives need to determine what to do with this e-waste, especially since sensitive and identifying information has been stored on these devices. Recycling these old products is one of the best ways to get rid of past data in a secure and environmentally friendly way.

You might be wondering, how is electronic waste recycled? One of the main ways this takes place is through the physical destruction of the devices. The process begins though before that when a request is made from a company that is wanting to get rid of its e-waste. A third party e-waste recycling company will go directly to the company and pick up the e-waste, storing it in a locked container, before taking it to the destruction facility. Once it arrives at the facility, all the e-waste devices are recorded in an itemized list and scanned once it is ready for shredding. The devices are put in a machine that will physically destroy the e-waste; after that, all recyclable materials are gathered and recycled. A certificate of destruction, along with a detailed destruction log, will be provided back to the company once all items have been destroyed and recycled.

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