Standalone technology is the workplace is becoming less and less common as it is being replaced by laptops, desktops, cell phones, and tablets that are always connected and sharing information throughout the workday. These devices are constantly being updated and replaced by smarter (and often smaller) technology, meaning that your company is likely more connected right this moment than it has ever been before — and this trend is only set to keep going as data use becomes increasingly shared by coworkers, companies, and customers. The real question, though, is this: Is your IT Asset Disposition (or ITAD) plan keeping pace with changing technologies?
In the past, security in the recycling industry hasn’t been all that much of an issue. Older desktop computers (think the big, clunky CRT machines that you find less and less in the workplace as time goes by) didn’t actually store all that much information, meaning that recycling could be done quickly and easily without any risk to a company’s data security.
That simply isn’t true anymore. There have been multiple incidents of confidential company or even transactional customer information being stolen off of old electronics slated for recycling. It’s more important than ever to ensure that the electronic waste recycling company you work with has up-to-date data security practices.
The electronics recycling industry is changing. It’s no longer simply a matter of recycling the individual components. Ewaste recycling companies like EARecycling must now function as a company’s final end-of-life line of defense against security risks. That’s why methods have had to change from the relatively-simple process of just dismantling a computer or copier/printer machine, to the more time-consuming methods of inspecting individual pieces of technology and ensuring the information is totally removed before the process can be finalized.
At EARecycling, we ensure this kind of data security in a couple of different ways. First, hard drive wiping ensures that your hard drives are totally clean and clear before recycling continues. For companies that are looking for even more complete security, we recently began providing hard drive shredding services for as low as $7 per hard drive, giving you total data security for less than it costs to go out to lunch. Our hard-drive shredder, the Ameri-Shred AMS 150, is even transportable; that means we can come straight to your company’s doorstep! That way, your hard drives are never out of your sight during the shredding process.
As technology continues to change and update, it’s important to keep your ITAD plan up-to-date, too. Don’t fall behind and put your company’s security at risk. Give us a call at EARecycling to discuss the benefits partnering with us can bring to your company’s data security. Reach us by phone at (800) 746-1823 or contact us online just by clicking the banner below.

IT asset disposition is an essential part of your company’s operations. As outdated computers, cell phones, and other ewaste continue to build up in landfills and affect our environment, local, state, and federal governments are becoming increasingly interested in ensuring that corporate ewaste are compliant with applicable laws and regulations.
How can you ensure your corporate ewaste program is compliant with the law? Here are three steps to take first:

1. Look Beyond the Obvious

Even if you have a solid plan in place regarding the disposal of electronics like laptops or desktop computers, are you ensuring that all electronic waste is being recycled? What else in your office counts as ewaste? Here are just a few examples:

  • Fax machines
  • Ink cartridges
  • Printers/scanners
  • Copiers
  • Telephones
  • Televisions
  • and more…

Without taking all of these other electronics into account, you could recycle every single computer in the office and still be non-compliant in the eyes of the law. Non-compliance and ewaste denial could have serious financial consequences for your company. It’s important to partner with an ewaste recycling company that can provide you with comprehensive recycling services, rather than only taking one or two objects, leaving you with storage rooms full of that lesser-known waste.

2. Don’t Fall for Certifications

We’ve spoken before about how certifications in the electronic waste recycling industry aren’t quite as rock-solid as they seem. Even the most well-known certifications are often written to include loopholes that allow a surprising amount of ‘recycled’ ewaste to simply end up being shipped overseas. Don’t rely on certifications to give you a sense of security — instead, ask your ewaste recycling company about their process, what happens after the actual recycling, and where your company’s electronics will actually end up.
You’ll want to ask about security, too. While we pride ourselves on being members of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), it’s not as common as you’d think for ewaste recycling companies to be members. Without a firm commitment to protecting your data, any company you work with may be leaving your company’s confidential information vulnerable to data theft. Make sure you choose a company that commits itself to data security as well as safe and responsible ewaste recycling.

3. Centralize IT Asset Management

If you are a business with multiple operating locations, it can be tempting to allow each location to deal with electronic waste on its own. Keep in mind, though, that if one individual office within your company is found to be violating the laws regarding ewaste disposal, the entire company will be liable. This could mean thousands of dollars a day in cleanup fees and fines and a serious blow to your company’s reputation.
Avoid this by keeping your IT Asset Management centralized. If your company partners with a single vendor that handles all your ewaste recycling needs, and everything is routed through a single department, you’ll be able to ensure compliance across the board. You’ll minimize your risk and help your bottom line.
When researching ewaste recycling companies, take a look at us here at Electronic Asset Recycling. We provide ewaste recycling services with an emphasis on data security. We’re one of the only ewaste companies in the Carolinas providing hard drive shredding services for as low as $7, allowing you to maintain company confidentiality for less than it costs to go out to lunch.
When you partner with us, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your company’s data is secure and your IT asset disposition is within compliance. To learn more about partnering with EARecycling, just click the banner below to contact us online or give us a call at (800) 746-1823.

Cell phones, laptops, and other mobile devices make working remotely easier than ever. It’s not uncommon to see people hard at work in  coffee shops, hotel lobbies, or anywhere else there’s free WiFi. As working remotely often involves utilizing multiple devices, IT Asset Management (or ITAM) is given a unique challenge when it comes to workplace security.  Every device an employee uses for work contains potentially sensitive or confidential company information.

With so many employees working remotely, ITAM needs to track not only how many devices are in use by each individual, but also if software licenses are up to date and what is done with older devices when they are replaced by newer and more powerful models. IT Asset Management Specialists must work even harder to ensure that the company data stored on each device doesn’t make its way into the wrong hands.
Does your company have a solid plan in place for secure IT Asset Disposition?
Whether your company is still storing old devices in empty offices or storage closets or already practicing  safe and legal electronics recycling, tracking the security of company information can be the cause of serious headaches. How can you be sure your company’s or clients’ confidential data is safe?
We believe hard drive shredding is the answer.
Our Ameri-shred AMS 150 allows us to provide total data destruction services. The speed with which the AMS 150 works allows us to shred many devices quickly — perfect for companies dealing with many devices being replaced at once.
Looking for hard drive shredding services, but unable to make the trip to visit Electronic Asset Recycling? Not a problem – we can come to you. The Ameri-Shred AMS 150 is portable, so you can personally watch us ensure your confidential company information is totally destroyed on each and every device. Need more information or interested in scheduling a pickup? We’d love to hear from you! Give us a call at (800) 746-1823 or contact us online for more information.

When upgrading your company’s software or electronics, you need a way to safely and legally dispose of the old equipment you’ll no longer be using. An offshoot of every company’s IT Asset Management should be IT Asset Disposition. In short, ITAD is the business of safe, environmentally conscious IT asset disposal. As technology continues to improve by leaps and bounds, your business is bound to wind up with electronic equipment you simply have no use for. Since tossing those old electronics into the trash is illegal in South Carolina, the best choice a business could make is to partner with someone in the IT Asset Disposition industry to make sure things are taken care of responsibly.
Why is IT Asset Disposition essential for both large and small businesses?

  1. When you don’t have a plan, you’re taking a big risk. A shocking number of companies operate without an ITAD plan in place. Data can be stored on nearly every electronic device your business uses, from copiers to printers to scanners. If these devices make their way out into the world, that’s a lot of sensitive company information that could potentially wind up in the wrong hands.
  2. Aside from data leaks, you could wind up in court. We mentioned that dumping in South Carolina is illegal. It doesn’t have to be a large-scale operation for DHEC to get involved. Just a single laptop here or there found in a landfill can be traced back to your business and could wind up costing you thousands of dollars a day in cleanup fees while the state attempts to locate any further waste that may have been illegally dumped. Even beyond those cleanup fees, you can be fined an additional $10,000 a day for as long as the cleanup operation is ongoing. Costs like that add up, and could cost you your business.
  3. Business disruptions due to stolen data make for a bad reputation. While you’ll likely never be looking at the kind of data loss that companies like Target have dealt with, even a small data loss, if publicized, could cost you clients. People working with a business want to know that their data is secure, even when old electronics are disposed of. A business working without an ITAD partner may find themselves in the newspaper when their computers are found dumped in landfills or client data is recovered off of supposedly ‘clean’ electronics.

Electronic Asset Recycling provides safe, environmentally responsible electronic waste disposal and recycling. Rather than finding yourself wasting time worrying about setting up an ITAD plan, let us do it for you! When you partner with us, we provide onsite ewaste pickups, Total Data Destruction guarantees, and even utilize hard drive shredding for those times that a simple wipe doesn’t seem secure enough. Partnering with EA Recycling ensures that you get the IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) your company deserves with just one phone call. Interested in learning more? Give us a call at (800) 746-1823 or click the banner below to contact us today!