Why Recycle Electronics?

A large part of the Securis mission is our commitment to proper IT recycling and ensuring that our customer’s retired electronics (and our own) never end up in a landfill. Recently, an IT professional who works at a fairly large healthcare facility asked us why we bother taking the time to break apart old computers and make sure that all parts and scrap are re-purposed or recycled. “After all,” he said, “it’d be much less expensive and quicker to just shred the hard drive and dump the rest.”

While he has a point, we feel strongly about our green initiatives and hold our R2 certification for this very reason – R2 means that nothing ends up in places like Agbobloshie, the world’s largest e-waste dump.

Today, The Washington Post ran an article about the children who make a living in the toxic world of discarded electronics. Chilling photos by photographer Valentino Bellini show pollution, huge piles of electronic waste, and black, smoke-filled air from burning e-waste.

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Bellini believes that his powerful photos will help to change something in the life of the subjects he portrays. We hope so as well.

“According to a United Nations StEP initiative report in 2013, Americans on average each generated 65 pounds of electronic junk, and it’s only going to increase. In the next four years, the global volume of electronic waste is expected to increase by 33 percent; the Guardian points out the increase will weigh as much as eight Egyptian pyramids. The Atlantic reports that up to 80 percent of all discarded electronic devices and appliances end up in dumps similar to Agbogbloshie.”
An earlier article in The Guardian also discusses the dump. Formerly a wetland in Ghana, the e-wasteland is now where boys and young men go through devices to retrieve valuable metal, most especially copper. According to the article, most workers experience lung problems, nausea, debilitating headaches, eye damage, and often die from cancer in their 20’s.

Old monitors used to build bridges over stream in Agbobloshie in Accra, Ghana
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Disturbing photos of the area show the above bridge, built from discarded computer monitors. Another shows cows with open wounds grazing at the dump.

So, for our our IT professional friend who asked about why we bother with taking the time to properly recycle electronics, our planet is why. The future is why. Bellini’s chilling photos are why.

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Data Destruction & E-Recycling in New Jersey

Trenton NJ Data Destruction owner in Securis truckFor years, IT asset disposal has been considered a logistical and operational challenge.  However, due to the explosion of data breaches associated with lost, stolen, or compromised enterprise data storage devices, IT asset disposal is now a full-fledged element of the global cybersecurity and data security challenge.

Securis, a franchise industry leader in electronic recycling and data destruction services, has just announced an April 28th Grand Opening at 11:00 AM with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30.  The new Securis location, based in Hamilton, will serve business and government clients in central New Jersey.

Securis has always understood the critical role of IT asset disposal in the data security equation.  The company has consistently led the market by designing its services around a rigorous set of criteria to ensure reputable, secure, dependable, and convenient IT asset recycling services.  Securis provides a full range of e-waste disposal services embraced by private and public sector companies, government entities, healthcare, financial services, law firms, pharmaceutical, engineering & consulting agencies, among many others.

Ed BeitelNew Jersey Securis Franchise owner Ed Beitel brings with him a broad and impressive range of business development knowledge.  He built his professional career around exceptional customer service with over 20 years of experience in technology sales and marketing.  While working for IBM and Lenovo, he saw firsthand how companies struggled with locking down their networks and infrastructure to protect against data breaches.  Owning a Securis franchise allows Beitel to build upon his interest in helping companies eliminate the liability of data breach with proper IT asset disposition and secure data destruction.

“I’m excited to be part of the Mercer County business community,” says Beitel.  “As organizations become increasingly concerned about data security issues, certified hard drive shredding and destruction has become vitally important.  New Jersey has an increasing demand for secure, environmentally responsible electronics recycling services.  My company provides a unique solution to a serious, growing problem.”

Beitel is a proud member of The Hamilton Partnership, Princeton Chamber of Commerce, MidJersey Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Information Technology Professionals, and the National Federation of Independent Business.  On a personal note, he enjoys spending time with his three children.  He is an Assistant  Scout Master with Boy Scouts of America.  His two boys are gradually working their way toward achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

Event Details:

Securis Central New Jersey Grand Opening:  April 28, 2015, at 11:00 AM at 7B Marlen Drive, Hamilton

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11:30 AM with food and drinks

Central New Jersey Data Destruction Facility Securis WEBContact:

Ed Beitel – Securis franchise owner