E-scrap is a serious business. It is also, increasingly, heavily regulated. Companies that want or are required by law to recycle equipment must do so in a way that protects data and complies with local and state regulations. As a Houston-based, woman-owned company, CompuCycle has been offering safe and responsible electronic recycling to local companies of the Houston metropolitan area and end-of-life IT asset management services (ITAD/ITAM) to businesses nationwide.
Our data shredding capabilities just reached a new level thanks to the following developments:
- We recently added a state-of-the-art shredding and separation system, manufactured by SSI Shredding Systems in partnership with Colt Recycling. The new shredder, which can shred up to 40,000 pounds per day, is equipped with specialized components allowing us to separate the steel, aluminum, copper, plastics and circuit boards, resulting in clean recycling.
- The machine destroys data more securely, benefiting clients from a liability standpoint, and efficiently harvests parts for recycling purposes, benefiting the environment from a reprocessing standpoint.
- CompuCycle is now the owner of one of only three shredders with comparable sophisticated capabilities in all of Texas. This means that when your electronics arrive at our facilities, they don’t leave our premises until all data is unrecoverable – a claim few others can match.
- The new shredder sits in an extra 40,000 square feet of warehouse space recently added to an already 80,000 square feet space.
Here’s what you need to know about how the shredder works and how it creates several advantages for our clients.
Total End-of-Life Asset Destruction in One Place
When a company wants to eliminate certain equipment, especially computers or other electronics that contain sensitive data, there are risks involved. The risks primarily are:
- Incomplete destruction of data that can later be leaked; and
- Improper recycling of assets not in compliance with the law.
These risks, if materialized, can put a company at further risk of federal and state penalties and lawsuits. In order to avoid these risks, companies rely on ITAD (IT asset disposal) and shredding companies. All reputable ITAD companies can sanitize data in accordance with required regulations and, hopefully, these electronics can be reused through donations or resale channels.
But, for a variety of reasons, not all electronics can be wiped and reused all of the time. In some instances, to ensure complete destruction of data, they need to be physically destroyed through shredding. Most ITAD companies must use a two-step process: (1) separate their clients’ equipment into similar components; and then (2) ship the separated components to another facility or company to do the physical shredding. Few companies in the ITAD industry are able to handle shredding themselves.
At CompuCycle – with its new shredding system – the second part of this process is eliminated, and the first part is completed by the shredder. In effect, CompuCycle offers two distinct advantages over its competition:
- There are fewer steps in the process and less human handling of the equipment; and
- All equipment stays in one place – once it enters our secure facility it only leaves when it’s broken down into its raw commodities.
The upside of both is diminished risk of data leaks and incomplete destruction. Keeping all assets in one place is part of our meticulous chain of custody which protects your assets at every stage of disposition.
After a client’s equipment has been separated and shredded, a Certificate of Recycling and a Certificate of Destruction is provided. This certificate is legal proof that data was destroyed in accordance with the law.
Offering Secure Destruction Throughout the United States
China no longer accepts certain grades of scrap and e-waste from the United States. US businesses must now identify domestic facilities who can meet their data protection and recycling needs.
That’s a specific challenge for (1) companies that use and dispense of significant amounts of electronic equipment with significant amounts of sensitive data; and (2) electronic OEMs or any other company that generates significant amounts of scrap materials. These companies require a certified facility for destruction of data, refurbishment of equipment, and recycling of scrap materials.
At CompuCycle, with our advanced separating and shredding system, we can now offer full services to a wide range of companies.
How Shredding Fits into CompuCycle’s ITAD Process
How the Shredder Works
This extensive multi-million-dollar system is complex machinery designed for efficiency and compliance. As mentioned, it is capable of shredding 40,000 pounds per day to generate the following materials:
- Ferrous metals (steel)
- Non-Ferrous metals (aluminum, copper),
- Printed circuit boards, and
We continue to be committed to innovation and environmentally responsible processes. Our new shredding technology is aligned with this commitment.