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Answers to your Electronics Recycling Questions

Nothing lasts forever, and electronic devices are no exception. Today’s latest and greatest digital gadgets will be obsolete in a few years. This presents a challenge in terms of environmental sustainability. The average electronic device contains multiple toxic materials. If not disposed of properly, these toxins seep into soil and waterways, polluting the environment. In this blog, we answer your electronics recycling questions.

Q: Why shouldn’t I sell my outdated devices?

A: Selling your outdated devices can put your data at risk, even if you’ve erased them. A study by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) found that 40 percent of used electronic devices sold on the secondhand market contained personally identifiable information (PII). Physical destruction is the only way to make sure data on tapes and drives cannot be recovered. A hard drive destruction service uses specialized shredders that apply massive force onto the media, rendering its data irrecoverable. Any recoverable materials are recycled to produce various products.

Q: Can’t I just put my old electronics in a curbside recycling bin?

A: Most municipalities have rules for what can and can’t be recycled, and electronics are strictly regulated. Tossing an electronic device in a curbside recycling bin can disrupt municipal recycling efforts and increase the costs of these programs for everyone. Use an electronics recycling service for safe recycling of your electronics.

Q: How does a secure electronics recycling service work?

A: Your old computers, hard drives, and mobile devices, and backup media are transported in a GPS-tracked vehicle from your home or office to a recycling facility. Hard drives, backup tapes and other devices that contain confidential data are destroyed with industrial-grade shredders. Electronics that don’t contain data are disassembled by hand and the pieces of each device are separated and recycled with a safe, raw-material extraction process. A “Certificate of Destruction” is issued for each hard drive.

Q: What safety measures are taken to ensure that my devices aren’t compromised?

A: An electronics recycling facility is protected by a gate-access fence. Security cameras and intrusion sensor technology monitors the building and property. Background-screened and uniformed recycling technicians maintain a strict chain of custody for your devices during the electronics recycling process. Each shredding and recycling project is recorded on video and stored for 90 days.

Q: When should I recycle my electronics?

A: Use your electronics if they work properly, meet your workflow demands, and are in good condition. Broken devices can leak toxic substances into your home or business and put your family’s or employee’s health at risk. So, when your electronics are in poor condition or aren’t working properly, recycle them.

Q: Is electronics recycling the law?

A: So far, 25 states have passed electronics recycling laws. Even if your state or municipality doesn’t have an electronics recycling law on the books, always recycle your unwanted electronics in a secure and environmentally-responsible manner.

Richards & Richards offers media destruction and electronics recycling services for businesses throughout Nashville.

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