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.
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:
- Reduce contamination in recycling
- Make our recycling processing system more efficient
- 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:
- Commit to purchasing products made with recycled content (such as plastic bags and bins made
from post-consumer plastic resin (PCR).
- Develop and share messaging about buying products made with recycled content.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.