Cords, Cables and other High Tech Trash

In my recent move from high maintenance home to full service apartment living, I continue to find areas of life where I can “reduce.”  I just opened a couple of boxes of cords, cables and other high tech trash that I no longer have space for.  What to do? Greendisk.com – a company which safely reccyles everything from cd’s, dvd’s, cassettes to cords, mice and computers.  If you would like to know more, please read more about their services – and if you don’t want to do it yourself, be sure to contact a member from the National Association of Professional Organizers to assist!  http://www.NAPO.net

Technotrash Recycling Services

What exactly is technotrash? 
Technotrash is a relatively new waste stream which includes all the spent supplies and obsolete accessories associated with your computer. This waste includes all those computer-related materials which you no longer need and have stuffed away in drawers, closets, and boxes in your office, storage room, attic, or in your garage. Old computers and printers, CD’s, hard drives, Zip disks, floppy disks, obsolete cell phones, rechargeable batteries, empty printer cartridges, and all the cables, cords, chips or boards that came with this once important equipment – this is all technotrash.  We all have this stuff, but most of us just don’t know how to properly dispose of it.

Why should I recycle my technotrash?
There are two very important reasons to recycle your technotrash. First is the environmental factor.  Recycling keeps your electronic waste, some of which contains hazardous material, out of landfills (or your garage). As we move farther into the information age, the volume of obsolete computer equipment and supplies is becoming a serious problem that needs to be dealt with responsibly. Today, over 90% of technotrash is not being recycled. Some is thrown away, but most remains unused sitting on desks or taking up storage space.

The other major reason to recycle your technotrash with GreenDisk is for the protection of your privacy. Obsolete computers and old media contain massive amounts of your private and proprietary information. For each of the last five years identity theft has been the fastest growing crime in America.  In addition, with the new HIPPA and Sarbanes-Oxley regulations regarding the proper protection and destruction of private information, there comes a need to demonstrate compliance with these regulations.  Throwing technotrash into a landfill is just an invitation for trouble.

 Many people are unaware that once you have thrown out any electronic media – hard drives, floppy disks, CDs, etc. you no longer have a legal expectation of privacy regarding any data that is on that media.  All of your information legally enters the public domain. Not only can anyone easily harvest your information from the trash or dump – but doing so is perfectly legal!  When you recycle with GreenDisk all information on any of your electronic media is destroyed.  Magnetic media (hard drives, floppy disks, Zip disks, computer or video tape, PDAs, cell phones) are degaussed (magnetically erased)  to destroy every scrap of data. CDs, DVDs and similar plastic media are shredded.  For the Technotrash Can and Computer & Component Services, we send you a certificate of destruction supported by an audit trail report that demonstrates compliance with regulatory requirements, company policies or just your own personal preferences.

What happens to the technotrash?
We use a network of non-profit organizations to process the material.  We refurbish what we can and recycle the rest.  Inkjet cartridges get remanufactured and, when possible, cell phones and some computers get refurbished. Material that has no further operating life is broken down to its smallest components (metals, plastics, etc.) and used in the manufacturing of new products. Unlike some recycling companies, all of the material that GreenDisk collects is reused or recycled.  No hazardous materials or obsolete components go overseas to be processed or disposed of.  For greater detail on the GreenDisk process and a description of where your technotrash goes, download our white paper.

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