Where Can I Recycle Old Computers?

Do you have old computers sitting around taking up space? As a refurbisher, re-integrator, and data destruction firm, Securis knows how important the proper handling of end-of-life electronics is for you, your business, and the environment. 

While old computers may be just barely functional, they can’t compete with what’s on the market, leaving consumers stuck with old and unusable equipment. This is where Securis comes in – we can assist with asset disposition and e-waste recycling.

recycle old computers

Not only can we help you get rid of old computers and laptops, but we also pick up items in bulk from your location. If you’ve been holding onto PCs that only run Windows 97, we will take them off your hands and ethically recycle them without anything going into landfills. In addition to recycling these electronics, we will properly erase data, confidential information, and sensitive data providing you with the peace of mind that your e-waste was properly handled. (lots of link opportunities here)

If data security is at the forefront of your mind, we provide various data destruction services to help keep your private information secure. Our services can be provided on or off-site with our mobile shredding service. All of our services include hard drive and solid state drive destruction. Services always include landfill-free and no-export equipment recycling.

Risks of Not Properly Disposing of E-Waste

A typical PC with several circuit boards can hold up to eight pounds of lead and other measurable amounts of toxic metals. When these items aren’t properly disposed of,  toxic chemicals end up in the environment. This affects what we breathe, drink, and process. Not recycling electronics properly means that they can lead to very dangerous illnesses like cancer, lung damage, and seizures. 

landfill

At Securis, we have protocols to keep toxic metals and chemicals out of our air. They guarantee that all e-waste is properly disposed of. Our services include physical destruction, as well as data erasure as needed. 

The future of the global environment is up to us, and Securis can help your company reduce its carbon footprint. We are committed to recycling 100% of everything we receive. Securis does not export electronics to places like China, India, and Africa in order to remain compliant with the Basel Action Network and our R2 certification. 

Securis will also help you get rid of newer, but not quite up-to-par electronics. We understand how important it is for your business to stay up to date on the latest tech trends, which is why we have our refurbishment program in place. 

If you have a computer that’s only five years old, but you recently upgraded it, we can still help you properly dispose of it. You may even qualify to earn money from these types of electronics. If you think your retired equipment has value, please contact us for a complimentary consultation. 

Computers that are in working order may be re-sold after proper data wiping to help continue a commitment to a green product life cycle. At the end of the day, our goal is to reduce any waste possible, and refurbishment is a great way to do that. 

Prior to upcycling any equipment, all hard drives, solid state drives, and other data-containing devices are extracted and pulverized, guaranteeing complete data security. Our mission is to keep your data secure and the planet as clean as possible

At Securis, we’re ready to help with electronic recycling needs from the start of the product lifecycle until the end. We’re excited to help you get rid of any electronic waste you may have. Our hard drive shredding services, refurbishment program, and commitment to keeping all materials out of landfills.

 

Why Does Size Matter For SSD Shredding?

Solid State Drives (SSDs) hold massive amounts of data and can be an alternative to the traditional hard disk drive. SSDs store data on memory chips rather than storing information on spinning platters. While they are more efficient for companies since they have no moving parts, are smaller, last longer, and consume less energy, they pose some risks when it comes to destroying the data on solid state drives.

You may be wondering, “Can I degauss an SSD?” Based on our experience, we’ve learned how to best destroy SSDs. One of our standards in a traditional data destruction process is degaussing, which does not work on SSDs. Degaussing is the best practice for traditional hard drives since it can reduce and eliminate information with magnets. A degaussed HD looks the same as one that hasn’t been degaussed, so we recommend shredding them too.

Shred Size is Key to Proper Destruction 

Most standard industrial shredders shred to 1-inch particles, which is still too large when it comes to the proper destruction of SSDs. SSD chips are typically 2.5 inches to 3.5 inches in size and can slip through the hammers of your standard hard drive shredder. The memory chips need to be broken into a particle size of less than ½ inch. 

At Securis, we have a proprietarily engineered master microshredder that can turn your SSDs into 2mm e-crumbs, as recommended by the NSA. This is significantly smaller than the minimum size of ½ inch. Our microshredder pulverizes SSDs, flash drives, and other small devices like cell phone SIM cards to best keep your information secure. The shred width is less than that of a spaghetti noodle. 

ssd shredding

SSDs often hold very sensitive data such as corporate financial information, medical records, and state secrets. 2mm is the necessary size for the physical destruction of these devices to prevent any data recovery. This size was determined after analysts at the NSA examined the shreds to make sure they were inaccessible. 

Oftentimes, our clients need a certificate of destruction to prove that these pieces were properly destroyed, and we provide that for them. In fact, the turn-around time that clients receive Securis’ inventory reports and certificate of destruction is a large part of what sets us above the competition. 

Our microshredder has the ability to come to you on-site. This helps prevent any chain of custody issues that your company may face when it comes to data or media destruction. We have the ability to shred thousands of pounds of metals and plastics per hour. If you need to see your electronic equipment physically destroyed, this is a great solution for you!

The ability the microshredder has to render any data unusable is key for data destruction in many companies and government agencies. These can often easily be removed from a laptop or computer          If that’s the case and the rest of the equipment is not salvageable, we ensure total recycling of those products. Securis is dedicated to recycling and is committed to never sending anything to landfills. 

Securis understands how important it is to properly destroy sensitive data, and this is one of our top priorities. At Securis, we provide you with an auditable, trackable, link to inventory lists or similar and indisputable inventory record of each SSD that is destroyed. This includes a data destruction certificate that proves your data was properly destroyed.

As technology continues to evolve, our destruction and security methods need to keep up. This is why we are passionate about giving our customers peace of mind when it comes to their data security with proper solid state drive destruction.

 

What is a Certificate of Data Destruction?

A certificate of data destruction and recycling proves that data on retired electronic equipment was destroyed to NAID standards. Securis provides them to our clients for their IT-asset auditing purposes

Securis is a classified data destruction service for both on and off-site destruction services. This certificate is a legal document of performance that can be used for auditing. This is a need for many local municipalities, federal agencies, and other compliance standards. 

certificate of data destruction

Securis’ data destruction and e-waste recycling services ease your burden by providing a fully audited, managed, and secure computer and data destruction program. We meet the requirements required by the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the Defense Logistics Information Service.

When you choose Securis, you choose security. We process your data with your security and protection at the forefront of our minds. Our storage bins and trucks remained locked throughout the collection process. This prevents access to your end-of-life technology prior to destruction.

When equipment arrives at our facilities, we scan each individual asset and inventory all of it. If any of the equipment does not have a serial number, we tag it to keep a record. We use a proprietary data collection software and handheld scanners for audit and accountability purposes. 

No Third-Party Data Access

We provide you with a full inventory of everything given to Securis without any third parties having access to your records.

This information is stored on a secure server indefinitely unless specified otherwise. 

After that, your sensitive data is destroyed in an agreed-upon way, be that on-site, off-site, degaussed, or shredded. Through the data destruction process, we take extra steps to ensure that all data is wiped to ensure your data security. We will provide a certificate of destruction for your electronics once the data has been properly destroyed. This applies to both large projects, like data centers, and smaller projects, like hard drives and SSDs.

We understand that you may need to see the physical destruction of your e-waste. This is why we developed the ability to either shred or microshred your equipment on-site with mobile shredding. 

Microshredding destroys physical equipment by pulverizing it to less than the NSA recommended 2mm particles. This is especially beneficial for smaller items that cannot be degaussed or destroyed with a standard hard drive shredder. 

hard drive data destruction

If you don’t need to see your equipment destroyed, we can provide the same services off-site at our facilities. Either way, after the completion of your project, a certificate of destruction can be issued for your auditing purposes. 

We know how important it is to properly destroy any confidential information that your company may collect. From HIPAA violations to government secrets, we know that information needs to be protected which is why our services exist. This certificate of destruction can protect you from any liabilities where these may be of concern. 

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.

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.

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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