It has to be said that over the last few years, we have become much better when it comes to recycling. Most of us have a second dustbin that is used for items like paper, plastic, glass and boxes that can be recycled. Most of us take our own bags to the supermarket and for other shopping so we can avoid single use plastic, and we are looking more carefully at everything, from the detergent we use, to the way we clean off our make up, and even, if we are female, to the sanitary products that we use once a month. Clearly the message that we need to protect our planet more is beginning to take a hold.
But not all items are as easy to recycle. We can’t just place anything in our bins, or take it to a tip. One area that is more problematic to recycle is our electronic equipment and devices, particularly things like old computers, laptops, tablets and hard drives. Not only do we need to dispose of these things, but we often need to safely dispose of the information that has been stored on them. In order to do this, you may need to hire a company that is both reliable, environmentally friendly, and can handle data destruction.
Do you know that you can make some extra cash by selling your old mobile phones? If you intend to sell your phone, recycling sites such as Freedom Mobiles can help you compare the best price for it. If you are looking at Computer Recycling in particular, you could look at a company like Computer Recycling. Computer Recyling is a leading electronics recycling company committed to helping customers dispose of obsolete or unwanted electronic equipment, but they also have one eye towards sustainability, they ensure that all unwanted electronic devices are eliminated in a manner that is both safe, secure and environmentally friendly. Crucially, they also promise safe and complete data destruction, this is even more important if the computer, or computers that have reached the end of their working life belong to a company, and therefore contain company, or customer data.
When you decide the time is right to recycle your old electronic devices, you must ensure that you look for a company who can do this safely. Look for a company that has certified data wiping capabilities, this will ensure that all sensitive information, data and images are removed and that all electronics are disposed of safely and responsibly. You need to remember that, as a business, you are responsible for the personal data that you have collected, and therefore, are also responsible for any breach of that same data, even if it occurs in machines you have disposed of. Therefore you need to make sure it is gone once the computer is gone. As an article on Accesswire explains:-
In short, there is no such thing as a “minor” data breach. Even what seems like just a small amount of data can become highly problematic if it ends up in the wrong hands.
Updating your electronics to shiny new, up to date machines is exciting and can lead to greater service and storage. But, whether the devices are for personal use or for business use, you need to ensure your old machines are disposed of safely and securely.