The Season for Business Computer Recycling
It’s not just the kids who get new electronics during the Christmas season. For businesses and non-profits, the end of the year is often a time to spend budgets on needed equipment and supplies.
Many organizations buy what they need by the end of the year to help maximize their tax benefits or because department funds may be cut in months to come if the budget shows last year’s dollars weren’t all needed.
This is the season employees come to department managers with broken laptops, malfunctioning monitors, printer problems, and computers with noisy fans. Issues your team has been too busy to deal with all year suddenly rise to the top of their concerns.
This, year, add the fact that Windows 7 and the Server 2008 operating systems are aging out of service and, all together, we expect a surge in purchases of new computers, laptops, and related electronics before the end of 2019.
What do you do with your organization’s old electronic equipment? Throwing it out with the trash, keeping it out of sight in a storage closet, or selling it in Craig’s list are not the best options. Why?
- Trashing electronics means putting toxic metals and often batteries in landfills.
- Storing, selling, or giving electronics away means potentially putting sensitive data at risk.
Old Electronics Risk More Data Than You Think
When it comes to disposing of old electronics, your liability may be more than you realize.
The Windows 7 computers you are replacing, the aging multi-function printer that is on its way out, the tablets and laptops that have been damaged in the field, the phones being upgraded, there is something they all have in common: internal memory.
- Multi-function printers store data to work efficiently and quickly.
- Networked computer and servers store your business data.
- Desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones all remember things like phone numbers, contact names, addresses, and network logins.
Hitting delete is not sufficient. Deleting files and data entries either sends them to the recycle bin (where they are easily recovered) or marks storage space as available for reuse – but the information still lingers until overwritten.
This holiday season, when your business or non-profit finds the last-minute resources to replace aging computers and outdated electronics, don’t forget these two most important facts:
- Old Electronics are toxic waste when thrown away.
- Old Electronics may contain sensitive data you need to protect.
In Alabama, the solution is easy. At Protec Recycling, located in Homewood, Alabama, we make it our business to be a part of the solution to electronic waste. We do this by offering our customers environmentally sustainable, cost effective, and confidential disposal of their electronic assets.
This Holiday Season, Call Protec Recycling
We handle all the electronic devices your business or non-profit may use, from computers and laptops to tablets and phones. We also recycle peripherals like printers and faxes, along with old cables, mice, and connectors.
Certified hard drive and data destruction is provided. Best of all, we keep old electronics out of landfills and work hard to reuse and repurpose all functioning components.
Remember, as Windows 7 and Server 2008 computers reach their end-of-life at the beginning of 2020, think of Protec Recycling as your safe and secure means of old electronics disposal.
Would you like to work with Protec Recycling? It’s easy, give us a call at 205-549-2120, or visit our Contact Us page today!