Can You Make Money from End-Of-Life Electronics?

End-of-life electronics contain precious metals and elements, such as gold, silicon, platinum, and more. Your end-of-life computers and IT assets must be worth a fortune, right? Not exactly, but there are ways that IT departments can maximize the value of old IT equipment. The greatest value is when computers can be repurposed and upcycled, but some equipment is too damaged and must be dismantled and sold for scrap. 

Can You Make Money from End-Of-Life Electronics?

How IT Departments Can Maximize IT Asset Value

It may be tempting for an organization to keep employees on old technology. New electronic equipment is expensive, there’s downtime for installations and training, and any upgrade is disrupting. However, a survey recently found that $1.8 trillion (not a typo – TRILLION!) is lost each year due to technology that should have been retired. Old computers and other electronic devices are slower and often unable to be upgraded to the latest version. 

Make Money from End-Of-Life Electronics

Storage of End-Of-Life Electronics to Gain the Highest Recovery Value (Make Money from End-Of-Life Electronics)

Once a computer or server “dies,” it’s easy to dismiss and throw it in a trash bin for collection. Taking care of how you store these items may greatly increase the value you receive. However, you can make money from end-of-life electronics. 

Make Money from End-Of-Life Electronics

Here’s How to Make Money from End-of-Life Electronics

  • Store it safely without damage in dry, cool environments
  • Laptops should be placed on their sides if put in boxes. Be careful not to stack too many on top of each other on a pallet, which can damage the screens of bottom units. This is especially common in MacBooks.  
  • Don’t write or add labels to items that are still in the original boxes & packaging 

Data & Parts Removal

  • Hard drive data erasure can increase the value of retired equipment by 5-10%. Shredding or degaussing is costly and returns no additional revenue.
  • Keep the covers or panels with the unit (laptop).  Serial-numbered plastic pieces may not be recycled properly. A complete unit will return a higher value than if this part is missing or damaged.  
  • WiFi Cards, Optical Drives, and Memory (RAM) contain NO DATA. Mistakenly removing these parts can significantly limit an item’s resale value. Review the below examples to ensure only the hard drive is removed, or let Securis handle it for you.

Laptop Hard Drives and WiFi Cards

Hard Drives usually have a size capacity such as 256GB, 500GB, 1TB printed on the label.

hard drives and wifi cards that hold data and don't hold data

IT asset value recovery isn’t top of mind for most organizations. That concern only comes after obtaining peace of mind regarding keeping sensitive data safe. 4,145 publicly disclosed breaches exposed over 22 billion records in 2021. 

4,145 publicly disclosed breaches exposed over 22 billion records in 2021

Make Money from End-Of-Life Electronics

If you’re not sure what value your retired IT equipment holds, we’ll help you. Schedule an onsite visit with us with no obligation. We’ll come to you, evaluate your end-of-life equipment and let you know what we predict you’ll regain from your retired assets. 

Working for a Company with Great Core Values

One of the most important aspects of hiring people to work with Securis is how potential employees fit in with the company culture and our existing team. Specifically, this means that each candidate is measured using Securis’ core values. 

Securis’ Great Core Values

Helps First: Put the team first
Fun: Have the right attitude and stay positive
Hungry: Have big goals and want to conquer the world
Humbly Confident: Be humble, but be confident also
Work-Life Harmony: Both are important but must be in balance
Coachable: Never stop learning
Innovative: Nothing’s carved in stone, Question everything, Look for new ways

The Core Value “Fun” in Action

This weekend, the team celebrated Securis employees and their families while demonstrating some of the company’s core values. The Human Resources team was fun, innovative, and exhibited helping first. 

core value helps first fun

They organized a great event with games, prizes, food, and even a magic show for the children and Franklin the dog (and let’s admit it, the adults as well).  

core value fun with magic show

Core Value: Innovative

The day of fun included quite a variety of innovative games and activities including an Oreo contest, a whipped cream game, and a competitive watermelon eating contest.

It got a bit messy, but we don’t judge. We’re all in for commitment and team playing (and perhaps a bit of friendly competition).

Looks like an Olympian-tiered medal ceremony, although there seems to be a bit of confusion, as the 3rd place winner seems to have not even taken a single bite. Perhaps this is her second or third watermelon?

These kids are obviously taking each competition very seriously…

Two lucky winners took home raffle prizes. Congratulations!

Good food, good friends, and workplace diversity come together as a true work family, solidified in core values, mission, and focus.

There are a lot of job opportunities out there, and many different life paths. Secuirs offers an amazing workplace that’s growing, hiring, and will be the best place you’ll ever work. Securis people come together to make great things happen for families, companies, government agencies, and the planet through equipment recycling, data destruction, and a commitment to serving employees, customers, and vendors the way that Christ served his people.

Interested in working for Securis? Here are our current career opportunities.

Eighth-Grader Saves End-of-Life Electronics from Landfills

When his family threw out an old microwave, eighth-grader Eric Akers figured there must be a better way to get rid of old electronics. Concern for the environment and his future led him to Google, where he researched electronics recycling and available options. He wondered where that old microwave could have gone rather than ending up in a landfill.

safest place to recycle old electronics

Eric’s search led him to Securis, where he learned about Securis’ monthly electronic waste recycling event. He found the event nearest him, located in Northern Virginia.

Eric decided to help his neighbors bring their end-of-life electronics to Securis for recycling. He knew right then how he could help his neighborhood, the planet, and meet the requirements for his J.L. Simpson Middle School National Junior Honor Society project, which was happening during the same time.

Through his neighborhood’s and school’s Facebook groups, Eric began to figure out how to best collect the most end-of-life electronics. He wanted to make a big impact and keep retired computers and other e-waste from seeping harmful chemicals into the earth.

To make it easy for nearby schools and communities, he placed a box on his front porch. He was pleased to see how quickly it was filled. His efforts were so popular that neighbors were calling him to make sure he still wanted their unusable electronic devices. He did want them.

electronics recycling event

During the month leading up to Securis’ IT recycling event, Eric continued to collect old computers, phones, wires, and other electronic products from his neighbors. At first, he tried to keep an inventory of everything that he collected. After receiving 184 cords, he lost track of what was being dropped off and focused on the fact that people were participating in his e-waste recycling initiative.

When the time came, Eric and his family packed the bed of his dad’s truck with the e-waste he’d collected. They brought all of it to Securis to properly recycle. His recycling project included a wide variety of items like computers, phones, wires and cables, speakers, DVD players, and other electronic equipment. Holiday lights were even included in Securis’ list of acceptable items for the community electronics recycling event.

eric with his community electronics for recycling

Securis is thrilled to see initiatives like Eric’s recycling project, a mission we’re passionate about. Our younger generations are sure to continue with a commitment to environmentally-friendly recycling. These events help to protect our natural resources.

Many electronics recycling companies don’t guarantee the safety of the data remaining on old devices. Secuirs’ mission is to protect data. In addition to aiding in environmental protection, Eric’s project helped keep his neighbor’s personal information safe!

Securis offers monthly events for communities to properly dispose of their old and unused electronics. If you’d like to set up a pick-up for your community, please fill out our form to get more information.

Best eWaste Recycling Specialist Award Given to Securis

United Kingdom, 2022 – Acquisition International Magazine has announced the 2021 Global Green Business Awards winners. Securis is honored to be named the Best eWaste Recycling Specialist – USA.

The Global Green Awards recognize businesses that strive for environmentally-friendly ideologies at the core of their business practices. This award covers more than just the corporate landscape. Winners have been announced within technology, packaging, food and drink, exercise, and more.

Integrating green initiatives within a business can not only add to the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and benefit the company but also set an example for many others. Securis is proud to be among such an elite group of organizations dedicated to the environment.

To view, click the magazine image and scroll to page 4 for Securis.

Global Green Business Awards with Securis Recognized as Best e-Waste Recycler

In a global market, it’s affirming to have Securis’ 20+ years of experience recognized as the Best eWaste Recycling Specialist in the United States. Securis understands the importance of proper e-waste disposal. If old computers, monitors, and other electronics are not properly recycled, harmful chemicals seep into the Earth. That our dedication is seen and rewarded with the Global Green Business Award Best eWaste Recycling Specialists is appreciated.

Securis Named Best eWaste Recycling Specialist

Securis is passionate about minimizing the impact created by irresponsible disposal of old electronics and computers. The company is dedicated to continually providing solutions to safely dispose of obsolete electronics.

For the future of our business and the global environment, it is the responsibility of all companies, organizations, and individuals to reduce the scope of both their professional and personal carbon footprints.

Securis will continue to responsibly recycle retired computers, laptops, keyboards, servers, phones, monitors, and other electronics. It is our duty to ensure that nothing ends up in a landfill, in compliance with our zero-export policy.

Trust Securis for your e-waste recycling needs. Contact us today.

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Securis at The High Tech Prayer Breakfast 2021 in Photos

Earlier this month, Securis employees and a few guests headed to the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner for the High Tech Prayer Breakfast where they occupied five tables. The breakfast is a ministry dedicated to bringing the Gospel of Jesus to the business community of Northern Virginia and Washington DC. The annual breakfast features well-known speakers from the community who deliver a message about the influence a personal relationship with Jesus Christ has had on his or her life and business.

Securis is pleased to support the annual event, particularly because it is aligned with the company’s core focus, which is to serve employees, customers, and vendors like Christ served his people. High Tech Prayer Breakfast – DC Metro, Inc., is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) with the mission to minister to the spiritual needs of individuals in the high tech business community in an interdenominational manner.

securis at the high tech prayer breakfast

securis attending the high tech prayer breakfast

employees enjoying securis at the high tech prayer breakfast

table at the Ritz with lovely Securis employees

Founder Jeremy Farber and some employees

 

The EPA’s America Recycles Day is November 15, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that on America Recycles Day, they will release the final version of The National Recycling Strategy. This is part one in a series on building a circular economy. During last year’s America Recycles Day, the EPA announced the goal of increasing the United States recycling rate to 50% by 2030.

In order to achieve this goal, the EPA has defined three key metrics to measure:

  1. Reduce contamination in recycling
  2. Make our recycling processing system more efficient
  3. Strengthen the economic markets for recycled materials

Read more about the overview and methods of measurement for the three goals on epa.gov.

As a data destruction and electronics recycling company, Securis was interested in the information gathered regarding the recycling of electronics. The EPA has created a table that shows data from 1960 to 2018 showing the total number of tons of electronics recycled, composted, combusted with energy recovery and landfilled. See the full data table on the EPA’s electronics page.

The EPA has compiled a list of possible actions that corporations can do to support recycling, including the following:

  1. Commit to purchasing products made with recycled content (such as plastic bags and bins made
    from post-consumer plastic resin (PCR).
  2. Develop and share messaging about buying products made with recycled content.
  3. Host dialogues with manufacturers and other stakeholders to learn what policies, programs and
    incentives would promote greater use of recycled content in products.

For more information on what your organization can do, understanding the issues, and facts and figures about waste, materials, and recycling, visit their Sustainable Materials Management page.

How to Take Apart a Computer for Recycling in 7 Steps

It’s important to properly recycle computers and other e-waste. Electronics contain harmful substances such as arsenic and lead that will leak into the ground and water if not recycled. To successfully process each material that devices contain, it’s important to know how to take apart a computer. In addition to the environmentally-friendly process for e-waste recycling, retired electronic equipment contains business and personal information that needs to be securely destroyed so that it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to take apart a computer for recycling.

1. Unscrew the four screws (if available) or remove one of the side covers, usually found on the right side of the computer if you’re facing it.

2. Disconnect all the connectors and remove the DVD player.

3. Remove the power supply by unplugging the connectors, then unscrewing the unit from the frame.

how to take apart a computer for recycling

4. Remove the hard drive from the side of the slot by unscrewing the four screws securing it in place.

5. Remove the button battery and heat sink from the motherboard. Also, remove the memory by pushing the clips on both ends of the module.

how to take apart a computer for recycling

6. Remove the CPU fan connected to the heat sink by removing the four screws that secure it in place.

7. Disconnect all cables from the motherboard, then unscrew it from the frame.

That’s it – the easy steps on how to take apart a computer for recycling. Once the recycling process is complete, information that remains on hard drives and other data-containing devices is ready for data destruction. Securis has this process down to a science and is able to dismantle multiple computers at a time.

This post was written by Securis’ Warehouse Manager in Operations, Rida Ibrahim.

How Businesses Should Recycle Electronics and Other Items

Montgomery County, Maryland’s Department of Environmental Protection recently held a live webinar discussing how businesses should recycle electronics and other items. The webinar began with a recycling exercise on sorting a variety of materials. Some materials end up in a comingled dumpster, others in a secure electronics recycling bin, and some in a trashcan.

Montgomery County, MD services more than 1.5 million residents and employees. The County is committed to providing education and resources geared toward reducing waste and recycling more. The following video contains comprehensive recycling information.

Securis’ own Dan Mattock, EVP of Sales and Marketing, speaks to electronic waste recycling (timestamp 36:44).

Montgomery County DEP Webinar: Recycle Right at Your Business from Montage Marketing on Vimeo.

How Businesses Should Recycle Electronics

Mr. Mattock discusses the best practices for recycling electronics, beginning with the definition of e-waste. The simple definition of e-waste is electronics that have reached the end of their life. Corporate e-waste typically includes computers, servers, monitors, cell phones, mice and keyboards, memory sticks, hard drives, solid-state drives, and more.

Residential e-waste recycling needs aren’t much different as households have multiple devices that they replace as new models and technology is introduced. He continues to discuss the dangers of electronic devices ending up in landfills. They may contain lead, arsenic, and mercury which is harmful to the environment.

Mattock also explains what environmental responsibility means, and how it helps companies’ bottom lines and the environment. He continues by discussing the challenges of data security, environmental risk, and disposal costs. These are an issue for government and private sector companies alike. It’s important to remember that old electronics still contain sensitive data, and if you’ve upgraded your electronics, the data that remains on them must be destroyed using a trusted electronic recycling program.

After Mattock’s presentation, there’s an informative section on the best practices for recycling scrap metal. Next is a section on recycling plastic bags and like materials. Be sure to watch the webinar recording through the end for the Q&A section. Questions about how businesses should recycle electronics and other items are likely answered here.

As always, if you have questions on how businesses should recycle electronics, please contact Securis.

How Securis Identifies Employees who Lead, Thrive, and Innovate

At Securis, diversity isn’t just a buzzword. It’s a core company strength. It’s an acknowledgment that while people come from many different walks of life, there are more common values that bind and connect us than divide us. When it comes to how Securis identifies employees who lead, thrive, and innovate, there are several key factors.

Diversity is a Core Company Strength

“I love seeing people from different backgrounds working together to achieve shared goals,” says Jeremy Farber, founder and CEO of Securis. “If you’ve never witnessed a native Arabic speaker try to explain something to a native Spanish speaker who doesn’t speak much English, and are able to watch them work together to move forward, bearing witness to the moment it clicks is priceless. It doesn’t simply help two people solve a problem or work smarter together, it forms a bond that extends way beyond just a 9-5 job.”

Country flags of Securis

Those who thrive at Securis don’t see this as just a job. They see their roles as a career and an opportunity to achieve the American Dream. Many who began in the warehouse as hourly workers have advanced to senior members of the Securis management team.

“Aligning to our Core Values is one thing we look for, but another key factor is if people are looking for just a paycheck or really want a career,” says Presson. “We’re looking for people who want a career, who want to look for opportunities to contribute to the growth of the company. Having people who want to be here and genuinely care about their coworkers makes all the difference in fostering a positive work environment for everybody.” In fact, the managers of the Service, Shipping, and Disassembly divisions all began as hourly warehouse workers and were able to advance.
Workers with conveyor belt

Man working on computer disasembly w-workers in background

“I can teach skills. I can teach how to do something,” Teresa says. “I can’t teach personality, attitude, or drive. That’s why during the interview process, I‘m more concerned with someone’s attitude and how they interact rather than if they look good on paper.”

“Part of it’s nature and part of it’s nurture,” Jeremy explains. “Teresa and her team do a great job finding the right people to fill vacancies. But then, even if people aren’t quite a perfect fit, when they get into the office or the warehouse, and see how well everybody’s working together, and how open everybody is, and how much fun people are having, it’s infectious. People want to be in that sort of environment, and to contribute to it.”

“Our team has a low turnover rate – especially for warehouse work,” Teresa says. “Our commitment to our team and our core values means people grow and thrive here, and our clients want to keep working with us over the long term.”

Throughout Securis’ offices and warehouses – the headquarters in Chantilly, VA, and regional offices throughout Virginia and North Carolina – the company’s core values are displayed prominently.

Core Values Revised 2021 Small for blog strokedSecuris’ Company Core Values

  • Helps First – Put the team first
  • Fun- Have the right attitude and stay positive
  • Hungry – Have big goals and want to conquer the world
  • Humbly Confident – Be humble, but be confident also
  • Work-Life Harmony – Both are important but must be in balance
  • Coachable- Always be learning
  • Innovative – Nothing’s carved in stone, Question everything, Look for new ways

When hiring staff – be it a C-suite executive or an intern – Securis works hard to ensure that the new team member will be a good fit and live up to Securis’ core values. Using that benchmark as guidance, Securis has been able to create and foster a caring, familial environment that celebrates diversity, creates opportunities for all employees, and provides a safe space for employees of all backgrounds.Are you or someone you know looking for a career in a dynamic, enriching environment like Securis? Check out our current openings and see if a career at Securis is right for you.