When looking into ways to dispose of and recycle your hard drives and electronic devices, you have probably researched formatting, degaussing, and hard drive destruction. Though all can be used to help protect your private data, hard drive destruction is proven to be 100% effective and is packaged to include recycling.
Learn more about your options and why hard drive destruction and recycling go hand in hand in the following video and transcription. We will cover the importance of recycling electronics, the process of destruction and recycling, and the benefits of combining the two.
Where Hard Drive Destruction & Recycling Intersects
When it comes to hard drive disposal, you have three main options – destruction, degaussing, and formatting.
There are some major differences between them. In terms of security, even if you try to format a drive before recycling, there’s a chance for software to be used to recover the data before the drive is disposed. In terms of recycling, degaussing a hard drive will completely destroy it, but a degaussed hard drive can’t be recycled.
That’s where hard drive destruction comes in. Like degaussing a drive, destruction will leave data 100% destroyed. Unlike degaussing, the raw materials from shredded drives can still be recycled. Rather than creating a “this or that” type of decision when it comes to hard drive disposal, recycling is baked in as the final stage of the destruction process for free – helping to give you the best of both worlds.
Why Responsible Destruction & Recycling is So Important
Electronics contain hazardous chemicals. As electronics become more and more prevalent today, the amount of hazardous e-waste is also rapidly growing. In many states, laws have already been passed to prevent hard drives and other electronics from ending up in landfills, giving another legal incentive to ensure e-waste is safely recycled.
Besides hard drives though, there are a wide range of other electronics that also require safe disposal and recycling, including:
- Computer towers
- Fax machines
- Computer equipment
- Ink/toner cartridges
The Hard Drive Destruction and Recycling Process
The hard drive destruction and recycling process consists of 4 main steps:
- You collect and schedule a service:
The process initially starts with scheduling a service date and collecting your hard drives for destruction and recycling. On average hard drive destruction costs anywhere from $7 to $20 per hard drive. When the quantity goes up, the price per drive will go down.
- Providers shred hard drives either on or off site:
On the scheduled destruction date, a truck will come to either destroy the hard drives on site from your curbside or pick them up and take them for destruction at an off site facility.
Choosing between the two depends on your needs – if you need to witness the shredding for extra security, then on site is the way to go. If you opt for off site, you can potentially cut costs since extra time (which equals money) isn’t needed to destroy the drives at your location.
- Providers recycle the raw materials from drives:
The hard drive destruction process is followed by recycling the materials left over from shredding drives. All recycling is done in accordance with EPA and state standards in order to safely dispose hazardous electronics waste.
- You’re provided with a certificate of destruction:
Once the hard drive destruction and recycling process is finished you’re provided with a formal certificate of destruction to prove security was up to snuff. A certificate of destruction includes details like chain of custody, where and when the service took place, and witness names.
Benefits of Combining Hard Drive Destruction & Recycling Services
Free Hard Drive Recycling
One of the greatest benefits of hard drive destruction services is how they recycle the leftover materials as a part of the service. Rather than needing to find two separate hard drive destruction and recycling providers, you’re given a package deal that can not only save on potential recycling costs, but also cut back on the time it takes to have hard drives safely disposed and recycled.
100% Secure Data Disposal
When it comes to hard drive disposal – especially with increasing numbers of data breaches and identity theft – ensuring the data on the device is securely destroyed is always a top priority.
There are three main ways used to remove data from a hard drive – destruction, degaussing, and formatting – but only hard drive destruction can provide 100% security and the ability to recycle materials after.
With formatting, there’s still a chance for recovery software to retrieve what you thought you deleted, and although with degaussing the hard drive is destroyed, it can’t be recycled like shredded hard drive scraps can.
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