Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Although we don’t have proof just yet, the Leprechaun community is really excited about green, sustainable electronics recycling!

What better way to honor St. Patrick’s Day than committing to recycling your retired IT assets in the most environmentally-friendly way possible?

Sustainability is a win for all of us. Not only does Securis offer zero-landfill computer recycling, but provides a thorough data destruction suite to keep sensitive information safe.

With Securis, keeping it green is much easier than finding a leprechaun, or that elusive pot of gold at the end of a rainbow (but never give up!).

green e-waste

If you’re interested in gaining good luck from the leprechauns with environmentally-friendly electronics recycling, let’s set up a call.

Sending you hope for extra good luck today and always! 

Securis Doubled Its E-Waste Recycling Efforts in 2021

In 2021, Securis collected 6,015,125 pounds or just over 3,000 tons of e-waste to refurbish, reuse, or recycle. That’s the equivalent of about 6,000 grand pianos, 3,000 leatherback sea turtles, or 30 blue whales. This was almost 50% more than what we recycled in 2020.

data destruction completed by Securis is 2021

As more businesses returned to the office, they resumed their typical technology refresh cycles which contributed to this increase. Additionally, a wider variety of electronics can be recycled, including monitors, servers, hard drives, phones, and more.

e-waste collection

As younger consumers are focusing on environmental impact, more businesses are shifting their focus to make sustainable changes. Businesses may utilize electronic waste recycling programs like ours to improve their environmental contributions.

While we’ve seen an increase in the number of electronics recycled, as of 2019 only 17.4% of discarded electronics are recycled. The rest of the discarded electronics go into landfills and can end up in our water sources.

certified data destruction services being completed

We also saw growth in our refurbish sales last year, another way of recycling electronics. Recent supply chain issues lead businesses to seek alternative options when looking for computers and other electronic products. Many found our refurbished computers a cost-effective option when dealing with these nationwide shortages. Most of our employees use refurbished workstations!

72,181 Electronic Devices Destroyed

In addition to recycling e-waste, Securis destroyed 72,181 devices utilizing our certified data destruction services. Our data destruction services help prevent data breaches. Through degaussing and physical destruction services like microshredding and hard drive shredding services, we help protect your sensitive data.

hard drive shredding services completed

These hard drive destruction services can be completed on-site with our mobile shredding capabilities. This helps our clients eliminate any chain of custody issues that they might have with off-site hard drive shredding.

We expect to see continued growth in 2022. In the past year, we have seen an increase in the types of devices where we destroy data and recycle. We received more phones and tablets this year than in previous years.

E-Waste Recycling for the Community with WUSA9

We were proud to participate as the e-waste recycler for WUSA9’s #RecyclingMatters events this weekend. On Saturday, February 26, 2022, in just three hours at three different locations, these events kept more than 60,000 pounds of paper, 95,000 pounds of electronics, and 10 tons of paint from contributing to rapidly growing landfills. Processing this much e-waste recycling in a single morning is impressive – even for Securis.

cars lining up for e-waste recycling event

Community members lined up to bring old computers, keyboards, monitors, and other electronic devices to safely and securely dispose of them. Instead, the 95,000 pounds of electronics that will not go to landfills will be refurbished and reused or recycled for parts.

Securis utilizes all aspects of proper e-waste recycling once receiving your end-of-life electronics. Ideally, the first step is to be able to reuse electronics, according to the EPA. After properly destroying any data we try to refurbish, reuse, or resell before recycling for any parts.

team prepared for electronics recycling event

Up-use and proper e-waste recycling are beneficial to the environment. The processes keep harmful materials such as arsenic and lead from seeping into the earth and eventually into our water sources. Securis collected an estimated 75,000 pounds of e-waste recycling at two of the locations.

Recycling that much waste saves:

  • 349 trees
  • 2,052 gallons of gasoline
  • 20.5 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 143,500 gallons of water at just one of these events.

E-Waste Kept Out of Landfills and Data Security

Not only does Securis keep recyclable materials out of landfills, but keeps your data safe by properly destroying it. Using certified data destruction services like degaussing and shredding, proper physical destruction of materials keeps your confidential information and data safe. Throwing away e-waste will not only damage the environment, but it puts your sensitive data at risk.

“Run very efficiently, especially given the large response.” – Lee N.

Many participants noted that they spent the past two years clearing out their houses while stuck inside due to Covid-19. This event gave the community the chance to properly dispose of hard to recycle electronic equipment they found while cleaning.

“Outstanding event …. workers were extremely pleasant, jovial and courteous …. logistics wonderful ….got on long line but moved quickly. Thanks so much for this Public service!” – Tom H.

WUSA9’s meteorologist Kaityln McGrath researched a story on the importance of electronic waste recycling. She visited the Securis warehouse with her team to show the process of data destruction and e-waste recycling.

Securis is proud to offer a monthly recycling program for electronic products on the second Saturday of every month. Our services include electronics recycling and shredding trucks for proper asset disposition.