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Throughout 2019 our team has recycled over 5,300,000 lbs. of electronics using the highest industry standards. Electronic waste has a damaging impact on our environment and that’s why we take responsibility to properly dispose of each piece of electronic equipment going through our facility.

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Data Destruction

 

Every business carries with it risks, some more devastating than others. One potentially destructive risk for your business is how you deal with your business data. To protect your business, it is important that you destroy data.

It is common to see big corporations in the news due to data breaches. If you run a small business, you may get a false sense of security, thinking that such things happen only to big companies. But that could not be further from the truth. Fortunately, you can protect yourself. Read on to learn more.

What is Data Breach?

Simply put, a data breach is any unauthorized access to data or sensitive information. This information may be digital or non-digital. 

For example, offline data leaks can occur when someone intentionally steals business documents that are improperly stored or disposed of wrongly. That said, online data breach is rampant due to our modern technology that makes data easily accessible. Without proper care, anyone can access your business data to perform illegal acts.

A data breach can occur intentionally or unintentionally. An excellent example of an involuntary leak is when a worker loses an important digital device, such as an office tablet. When it occurs intentionally, the data thief goes the extra mile to acquire information illegally. Sometimes you may not realize if you have a data breach. According to CNBC, about 80 percent of businesses realize breaches weeks after it has happened.

Your business can experience severe ramifications as a result of a data breach. Here are four consequences that can occur when your data becomes compromised.

Loss of revenue

Depending on how massive the breach is, your business can face substantial financial problems. Containing the data leak can be costly, such as compensating any affected customers and increasing your data security. Your business may also lose its value, which might scare away investors. Although it is not certain that a loss will occur, it is likely. According to Score, about 29 percent of businesses that experience breaches lose their revenue.

Disruptions

It is given that your business operations will come to a halt to give way for investigations following a data breach. A severe data breach may lead to a temporary shutdown of your business operations to allow such investigations. When this happens, your customers are more likely to consider switching to your competitors.

Reputation damage

A data breach to your organization will tarnish your reputation to both your current and future customers in the market. Your clients are most likely to lose trust in your business, and turn their backs on you. It is at this point where customers with a bad experience with your business pop up. They are the loudest as they give their negative reviews about your business.

Legal damage

When you lose crucial client information, there are high chances that you will face class-action lawsuits from your clients.

Does your business have to go through such severe problems due to a data leak? What can you do to prevent such future scenarios from occurring?

One of the most important ways to protect your business data is through the destruction of data. You have to ensure that you destroy any piece of electronic and digital data.

As your company grows, it slowly accumulates confidential and sensitive information about your company’s clients, operations, and product secrets.

Following various privacy laws around the world, you should destroy this information once it has served its purpose. Therefore, you need to find out the most secure ways you can completely get rid of this data. Below are some strategies.

How to Delete Data Securely

Using in-house shredding machine

When you work in an office, you may handle a lot of confidential documents that should never land on the wrong hands. By using an in-house shredder, you can ensure that you destroy the data personally.

Ensure that all your employees have enough training on how to handle sensitive documents while in the company. Instead of throwing confidential documents in the bin, they should know when to shred. Failure to manage data the right way could lead to potential legal charges.

Overwriting digital data

When dealing with digital data, your employees can consider overwriting the data in the storage device by use of special software.  

Using a Degausser

A degausser is a device that can help you destroy data in magnetic storage devices. It works by reducing the effects of the magnetic field on the drive.

Destroying your hard drives

If your business has decommissioned computers lying around, the chances are that they may contain some sensitive data about your business. You have the responsibility to remove the hard drives and destroy them by crashing them before you can dispose of the computers.

Bottom Line

It’s important that you take data destruction seriously, as it may have severe repercussions on your business. When you are not careful, a small data leak can be the bullet that brings your business down. Always ensure that all your employees know how to handle sensitive data to prevent any chances of leaks from occurring.

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It is only human nature to want the latest electronic gadgets as soon as they’re released to the public. Additionally, retailers incentivize their customers to upgrade their phones and devices frequently. On top of that, we are often drawn in by the prospect of the newest phone, tablet, or laptop making our lives that much easier with all of its new features. 

 

But what about our old devices? More often than not, we either throw them away or place them in a drawer, wait a few months, and discard them when we have been unable to resell them. The trash generated by throwing away old electronics is referred to as “e-waste.” Unfortunately, this practice has had a serious impact on the environment and human health. 

1. E-waste is toxic.

Many of the devices that we throw away contain lead, cadmium, mercury, flame retardants, and beryllium. Due to improper disposal practices, these hazardous materials spill from the devices and leach into the ground. From this exposure, harmful chemicals contaminate groundwater and lead to both cancer and organ damage if consumed through taps. 

2. E-waste accounts for 70% of toxic waste production.

Electronic waste only takes up 2% of our landfills but accounts for 70% of our total toxic waste production. Despite these alarming numbers, only about 20% of the e-waste produced each year is recycled. This is a generous estimate as well, being that many sources claim that only 12-15% can be documented as recycled. 

3. Recycling e-waste can save enough energy to power thousands of homes per year.

While most people assume that recycling requires a lot of time and energy to produce results, proper recycling practices can actually save energy. If 1 million laptops were recycled instead of being thrown into landfills, enough energy would be saved to power approximately 3600 homes in the United States for a year. 

 

4. E-waste is the world’s fastest-growing trash source.

Each year, the number of electronic devices that go into landfills has increased. In 2016, there were almost 50 million tons of e-waste produced, and because of the steady increase of this waste type, it is estimated that 2021 will see more than 57 million tons of e-waste if practices do not improve.

5. Recycling e-waste can create jobs.

While reusing and recycling electronic devices can save on energy consumption across the map, the task still requires people to perform labor and logistics. Because of this, e-waste recycling can be a significant economic benefit since producing 10,000 tons of recycled material can create as many as 300 new jobs.

6. The average user has their cell phone for under two years.

It’s easy to understand why a new device is so appealing to users. The way that technology develops so quickly allows us to take advantage of new features that increase our productivity every year. However, most users only keep a cell phone for 18 months before they upgrade to a newer version, which aids in producing a great deal of e-waste.  

7. Recycling e-waste reduces the waste of valuable raw materials.

Many of the components in electronic devices are made with the use of various raw materials. Gold and silver are often used to make the inner workings of cell phones. Because of this, it’s estimated that the average landfill holds millions of dollars worth of gold and silver.

Recycling electronic waste could greatly reduce the need to constantly mine new materials for the creation of the latest devices.

8. The US discards hundreds of millions of electronic devices every year.

The United States is the biggest producer of e-waste. Every year, US residents and businesses discard approximately 100 million cell phones, over 41 million computers, and over 20 million TV sets by throwing them into landfills when they become broken or outdated. 

9. Several electronic retail stores accept e-waste for recycling.

Lack of information might be one of the many reasons why consumers do not often recycle their old devices. When it’s difficult to determine where to take cell phones, computers, or TVs we usually decide to throw them in the trash assuming that there is no other destination for them. 

Some electronic retail stores will accept your old devices and recycle them regardless of where you originally purchased the item. Verizon and Best Buy are among many recycling retailers, h

Hard Drive Destrustion

 

If you’re thinking about selling or re-gifting your PC, you should make sure you completely remove your information from the computer’s hard drive. The best way to do this is by wiping the system’s hard drive so that nobody can get access to your personal information. Wiping a computer’s hard drive is relatively easy to do, but it’s also easy to do incorrectly. Read on to learn how to go about it!

Avoid Manual File Deletion

When trying to wipe a PC’s hard drive, many people make the mistake of manually browsing the files and deleting folders as they see fit. Not only will this not correctly wipe the hard drive, you might also accidentally delete files that the system needs to operate. For example, if the Windows operating system is deleted, the PC will no longer work unless a new operating system is installed.

In addition, manually deleting information does not prevent the PC’s future owner from accessing your “deleted” files by means of third-party retrieval software.

Wiping the Hard Drive for Windows 8, 8.1, or 10

If you’re working with a Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 computer, you’re in luck! These versions come with a built-in tool or tools that make wiping the hard drive quite easy. You may come across options to either Refresh, Restore, or Reset your Windows computer and if your desire is to return the PC to its factory setting, you’ll want to choose the Reset option. Follow the reset path for your chosen Windows version:

  • Windows 8- choose “Settings” from the Charm Bar> Change PC Settings> General> choose the “Get Started” option under “Remove Everything and Reinstall Windows”> Next> select which drives you want to wipe> choose whether you want to remove your files or fully clean the drive> Reset
  • Windows 8.1- Reset directions for Windows 8.1 are almost identical to Windows 8 other than one simple step.
    Under PC Settings, choose “Update and Recovery” before choosing “Remove Everything and Reinstall Windows”
  • Windows 10- Start> Settings> Update & Security> Recovery (will be on the left panel)> choose the “Get Started” option under “Reset This PC”

 

You will be given the option to save all of your files or remove everything from the hard drive. If you choose to remove everything, your PC will be returned to factory settings.  

Alternate Methods

If you want to try a different route, there are a couple of additional options you can choose to wipe your hard drive. For one, you can choose to format your PC if you happen to have a repair or installation disc handy. You can begin formatting from either your Control Panel, which will allow you to access Disk Management, or you can type “diskmgmt.msc” into the Run box, or type it directly into the search bar beside your Start menu or you can just use data destruction or data shredding method. From Disk Management, you can determine which drives you would like to format and begin the process. 

 

There are also several third-party tools that you can download which will help you completely wipe your hard drive. Be careful which tools you choose to download, and check reviews to determine reputable services. Some of the more popular tools include MiniTool Partition Wizard, DBAN (Darik’s Boot and Nuke), CCleaner, KillDisk, and Eraser. Do your research before choosing which tool is right for you.

 

There are several methods you can employ when clearing your PC. If you’re getting a new computer, you might even consider keeping your old computer as a backup. In any case, these steps need to be taken carefully to protect your security. Once a PC has been properly wiped, your data is safe and no longer accessible.

STAR’s SB 649 has made it through the Senate hearings!

Over the past month you all have done an awesome job reaching out to your legislators to support our bills. We have great news that SB 649 passed the Senate floor hearings on April 23rd with a 21-10 vote! It was a super close call as we needed a 2/3 majority, but we made it out. However, our work is still not done and we need your help!

HB 286 has even more opposition now that our Senate bill passed! The Texas Action group who is spreading a message that the State of Texas does not need to be involved in end-market development nor the education about recycling to Texans is doubling down on their efforts to stop our progress in the upcoming House floor hearings scheduled for May 6th.

Their assumptions are wrong and we need you to tell the 18 House Representatives listed below that this bill is important to you and our industry!

Please contact these State Representatives as a proud Texan, or on behalf of your Texas recycling company, and let them know why they should support HB 286! Our message points are listed below for you to use.

Here is who to reach out to:

 

Article By: PSI Blog

Best Buy’s recent announcement that it will start charging $25 to recycle each TV and computer monitor indicates that the already stressed U.S. electronics collection infrastructure has gotten worse.

We can hardly blame Best Buy or any other collector that stepped up to make recycling easier for consumers. Back in 2004, when not a single retailer was collecting electronics equipment, the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) teamed with Staples and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to start the first computer take-back program in the country. Five years later, motivated by state extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws, Best Buy took Staples’ computer-only program a big step further to collect both computers and TVs, becoming one of the most convenient locations for consumers to return their used electronic equipment nationwide.

But times have changed. Costs increased, electronics recycling programs became more robust, and vast quantities of higher cost e-scrap are now being collected – changes that have revealed a lack of commitment from most electronics manufacturers to assume responsibility for collecting and recycling used electronics.

With its recent announcement, Best Buy stated that it “should not be the sole e-cycling provider in any given area, nor should we assume the entire cost.” To be sure, some manufacturers did voluntarily step up to fill the infrastructure void over the past decade. In 2004, Dell, in partnership with Goodwill, and HP announced free nationwide electronics take-back programs. Samsung and LG followed suit in 2008. Unfortunately, these programs were limited, leaving Best Buy’s program to cover the brunt of the cost.

Isn’t it ironic? For the past 15 years, collectively, we successfully educated our citizens about the dangers of mismanaging electronics – about youth using acids to burn off toxic metals in countries without adequate environmental and health protection; about the millions of tons of resources that are buried or burned when not recycled, and which must be mined again, creating double the environmental impact; about the lost recycling jobs that are desperately needed by working families; and about the hundreds of millions of dollars that taxpayers and governments must pay to manage the waste from a multi-billion dollar industry.

We all thought we were on the right track, with EPR laws passed in half the U.S. states, some passed with manufacturer support. Resources were conserved, jobs created, and money saved. The public truly caught on – and genuinely appreciated our programs.

But those darn markets had to spoil everything. Well-meaning citizens who today know to “do the right thing” are now effectively being told by manufacturers that they don’t really want them to recycle so much after all. The message the manufacturers convey is that recycling is good, but it should slow down. Or someone else needs to pay for it.

Recyclers, local governments, and a few retailers are doing their part to collect and divert massive quantities of valuable commodities from disposal. But many manufacturers are no longer willing to cover the costs associated with the proper management of their products at end of life. Recyclers must choose between losing money indefinitely, significantly cutting costs, or going out of business. Local governments, whose residents rely on them for trash and recycling services, are now faced with increased electronics recycling costs – costs they didn’t budget for.  Before, government officials directed residents to Best Buy as a convenient alternative to recycle electronics. What will they tell their residents now?

Best Buy stands out for its importance in the electronics collection infrastructure in the US. They collect more than any other manufacturer-sponsored program, providing a convenience to consumers unsurpassed by other locations. Even in states with EPR laws, which were intended to hold all brand owners responsible for recycling the electronics they produce, Best Buy has borne more than its fair share of recycling costs, consistently collecting far more material than was required. For example, in 2014, Best Buy recycled more than three times the amount of e-scrap it was obligated to collect in Illinois; more than 4 times its obligation in Wisconsin; and in Minnesota, company officials report that they collect one-quarter to one-third of all electronics recycled in the state – well beyond its market share.

One thing is clear – it’s time to revisit the nation’s 25 state e-scrap laws to ensure that all manufacturers are equally responsible for electronics recycling. PSI and our state and local government members understand the complexities and variations in programs nationally, and are working to find fair solutions for all. Since the first electronics recycling law passed in 2004, the dialogue has drifted away from manufacturers taking full responsibility and internalizing the costs of end-of-life materials management. Instead, arguments revolve around how high targets should be, how much manufacturers should pay, and what products they should cover. Past voluntary and legislatively supported commitments made by manufacturers have eroded. They resist attempts to incorporate recycling costs into product price, and instead want to pass these costs on to someone else.

Best Buy’s original program is what we need more of in the US – national, no cost, hassle-free product take-back. Their industry colleagues need to match that commitment; Best Buy can no longer be expected to go it alone.

To PSI, Best Buy’s move represents a call to action. Let’s work to improve these programs so they support responsible actors like Best Buy, raise expectations of other manufacturers, and meet increasing demand for consumer electronics recycling.

Article by: E-Scrap News

Researchers recently asked over 200 electronics scrap reclaimers how they feel about the state of the electronics recovery business. The response: These are dark days. Welcome to E-Scrap 2015

“We heard from about 75 percent of our respondents that they feel the industry is either staying the same or declining. That’s a pretty significant change over the last few years,” said Anne Peters, president of Gracestone, Inc. “Our respondents reported that the industry is under pressure due to commodity prices and the uncertainties in the global market.”

Peters and Libby Chaplin, CEO of Arcadian Solutions, presented on the results of a survey at E-Scrap 2015 in Orlando, Fla. last week. The survey focused on what effects certifications and standards are having on the industry as well as the business climate as a whole. It was the third time they had conducted the survey.

Only 24 percent of respondents in 2015 said they saw the number of companies in the industry growing, while 41 percent said the number was declining and the rest said it has remained about the same, according to their presentation.

An even smaller percentage (12 percent) said they saw industry-wide profitability increasing, while 55 percent said it was decreasing and the rest said it has remained about the same.

Peters told session attendees they heard continuing concerns about the persistent flow of CRTs, which respondents ranked among the most pressing issues.

“Clearly we’re not done with the CRTs and that pig in the python isn’t through the python yet,” she said.

The researchers have seen a shift toward the refurbishment and resale market, because that side of the house isn’t as affected by low commodity prices, Peters said. They also see more competition for higher-metal-content scrap from higher-end businesses, including telecommunications companies.

They expect some of the companies entering the market during the good times will close during this downturn, she said. And manufacturers may feel added pressure to pay higher fees under state extended producer responsibility programs.

Researchers also heard companies find it harder to justify maintaining the expense of certifications as profits decrease, Peters said.

At the same time, the survey showed the industry sees value in certification programs. For example, 84 percent of respondents said certifications add some level of value to their businesses, and 93 percent said they add some level of value to the industry as a whole, according to their presentation.

Article and Photos provided By: CBC News

The United States and China contributed most to record mountains of electronic waste such as cellphones, hair dryers and fridges in 2014 and less than a sixth ended up recycled worldwide, a UN study said on Sunday.

Overall, 41.8 million tonnes of “electronic recycling” — defined as any device with an electric cord or battery — were dumped around the globe in 2014 and only an estimated 6.5 million tonnes were taken for recycling, the United Nations University (UNU) said.

“Worldwide, electronic recycling constitutes a valuable “urban mine,” a large potential reservoir of recyclable materials,” said David Malone, the UN under secretary general and rector of UNU.

The report estimated that the discarded materials, including gold, silver, iron and copper, was worth some $52 billion.

The United States led electronic recycling dumping with 7.1 million tonnes in 2014, ahead of China with six million and followed by Japan, Germany and India, it said. Canada ranks lower on the list, in 15th place, with a dump of 725,000 tonnes.

The United States, where individual states run electronic recycling laws, reported collection of one million tonnes for 2012 while China said it collected 1.3 million tonnes of equipment such as TVs, refrigerators and laptops in 2013.

Norway led per capita waste generation, with 28.3 kg dumped per inhabitant, followed by Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark and Britain. On that ranking, the United States was ninth and China was not among a list of the top 40. Canada dumped 20.4 kg per capita.

Appliances add electronic recycling bulk

About 60 per cent of the waste was made up of items that included large and small appliances, vacuum cleaners, solar panels, video cameras and electric shavers.

Only seven per cent of the waste was made up of personal computers, printers, cellphones and similar equipment.

Researchers said in many cases it made economic sense to recover metals that included 16.5 million tonnes of iron, 1.9 million tonnes of copper as well as 300 tonnes of gold.

The gold alone was valued at $11.2 billion, with the precious metal used in devices because it is a good, non-corrosive conductor of electricity.

“At the same time, the hazardous content of electronic recycling constitute a ‘toxic mine’ that must be managed with extreme care,” said Malone, referring to components such as lead and mercury which are found on some discarded devices.

Global volumes of electronic recycling were likely to rise by more than 20 per cent to 50 million tonnes in 2018, driven by rising sales and shorter lifetimes of electronic equipment, the report said.

Ruediger Kuehr, one of the authors of the report, said many people were aware of the global problem of waste but often left aging toys or cellphones in drawers or cellars at home. “People don’t see it as an issue in their own households,” he said.

 

View the report showing Domestic E-Waste Generated Per Country in 2014

A new study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® shows electronics recycling receives continued support among consumers. According to the Recycling and Reuse Study, 2014 Edition, more than four-fifths of U.S. adults (82 percent) say recycling their old electronics is important or very important to them, and one-third of consumers surveyed (30 percent) recycled electronics products in the last year, a four percent increase from 2012.
“We’re pleased to see continued consumer support for electronics recycling, especially as the power of innovation brings new and better products to market faster than ever,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “Our industry has more than doubled the amount of consumer electronics recycling over the past three years. And this study makes it clear that our ongoing consumer engagement and recycling education programs are more important than ever.”

The study also highlights the influence of family members and friends on consumers’ decisions about the electronics recycling process. According to the survey, of the 53 percent of electronics owners who donated a device during the past year, friends and family were the most common recipients (66 percent). Also, nearly half of consumers (42 percent) first learned how to recycle their old devices by word of mouth from friends, family or co-workers.

The comprehensive consumer recycling survey, conducted every two years, is part of CEA’s efforts to help guide the industry’s recycling initiatives and support sensible electronics recycling policy. Among the other survey results:

Three in five (59 percent) U.S. adults know where they can recycle electronics, a slight decline from 2012 (63 percent) but on par with 2010 results (58 percent);
Almost all consumers surveyed (98 percent) say they would travel some distance to recycle their unwanted electronics, and more than one-third (36 percent) would travel more than 10 miles to do so;
While a solid 82 percent of consumers say recycling their old electronics is important or very important to them, that total is four percent lower than in 2012 (86 percent);
The percentage of consumer recycling is up, but so is the percentage of those who discard – 18 percent of consumers say they discarded electronics devices in the trash during the last year, a six point increase from 2012.
“Whether it’s through our electronics recycler locator, public service announcements, educational partnerships or the thousands of electronics collection locations our industry sponsors, CEA is committed to empowering consumers to recycle their used electronics,” said Walter Alcorn, CEA vice president, environmental affairs and industry sustainability. “Our industry has now picked up the recycling tab for billions of pounds of old devices – a truly unprecedented effort led by manufacturers of televisions, computers and similar consumer electronics devices.”

Through GreenerGadgets.org, CEA helps consumers learn how to live green, buy green and recycle responsibly, while helping lower their energy consumption, shrink their carbon footprint and reduce waste. Visit the website to find the closest responsible electronics recycler to your home and learn more about CEA’s recycling curriculum, developed in partnership with Young Minds Inspired.

The Recycling and Reuse Study, 2014 Edition was designed and formulated by CEA Market Research, the most comprehensive source of sales data, forecasts, consumer research and historical trends for the consumer electronics industry. Please cite any information to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The complete report is available at no cost to CEA member companies at members.CE.org. Non-members may purchase the report in the CEA Store.

About CEAThe Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com and through social media.

Article by: CEA

United Electronic Recycling is partnering with Minnie’s Food Pantry during the month of April in another Facebook campaign to bring awareness to the needs of the hungry in Plano, TX and the surrounding cities.  For each new “Like” United Electronic Recycling LLC receives during April, we will donate $1 to Minnie’s Food Pantry.

Zoya Davani with Minnie’s Food Pantry posted to their Facebook page, “As you may know, today is Minnie’s Food Pantry 6 Yr Anniversary!!!!!! Help us celebrate with just the click of a button!!!!! United Electronic Recycling, LLC has generously agreed to donate $1 for every new like they receive through Minnie Food Pantry page!!!! Please check them out, share some love, and help us feed those in need!!!!! With every like we can provide 3 meals to children and families in need!!!!!!! Be the difference you wish to see!”

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United Electronic Recycling will again have a booth at the Learn 2 Live Green event this year to discuss E-Waste Recycling, Data Security and Information Technology Asset Management.  Please drop by and visit with us, we hope to see you there!

link: http://www.learn2livegreen.com/

Event Details:

Date: 4/12/14
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: The Shops at Legacy
Address: 7205 Bishop Rd, Plano, TX  75024

 

NOTE: Disposal Fees:  $5.00 for CRT Monitors, $10.00 for TVs, $20.00 for console or Front/Rear Projection TVs.

“As one of North Texas’s premiere events, L2LG brings the best of everyday green living practices to residents throughout Collin County and North Dallas. L2LG is a free, fun, family event encouraging people to adopt a greener lifestyle. Drop in and find out what this year’s theme “Green Your Well-Being” means for you, your family, your home and your community!  An engaging variety of speakers, demonstrations, hands-on activities and entertainment are lined up focused around food, water, land, energy & air, play and waste diversion. You don’t want to miss this event!”