- The prevalence and rapid evolution of technology has benefited us immeasurably over the past few decades. But with new tech come new devices; and with new devices comes waste. Such progress of technology has lead to quicker device obsoletion, sometimes taking effect even within a couple years of a device’s release. Think about it — how often do new phone models come out? Almost yearly. This means that each year, millions, of phones, computers, and general electronics are tossed into the trash bin. This is called e-waste. Somewhere between 20-50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed worldwide each year. It also accounts for over 2% of America’s landfills, but it equals 70% of our overall toxic waste.
Improper disposal of electronics presents quite a large hazard for our environment. In fact, the reason our e-waste occupies such a high percentage of toxic waste is because old electronics contain toxic materials such as mercury and lead, which can seep into the ground and water sources. The EPA covers the topic of e-waste extensively here.
R4 Services takes all aspects of secure document destruction seriously. We understand that old electronics not only carry sensitive information, but they post a risk for the environment. That’s why we will properly dispose of your business’ electronics for you while maintaining confidentiality and eco-friendliness. Simply tossing your old devices into the trash not only poses risk for the environment, it opens you up to security breaches and other types of identity theft. We are equipped with state-of-the-art media shredders to securely destroy and recycle electronics of any medium including:
- tapes of all sizes
- hard drives
- old phone systems
- cell phones
- film and more!
So the next time you’re upgrading your computer systems or staying compliant by purging old data, don’t open yourself up to unnecessary security risks. R4 Services will come to your place of business to securely transport, destroy and recycle all of your old data systems.