Environmentally Friendly Data Destruction

In the business world, online and offline, data continues to grow every second. Although this presents more opportunities for data destruction companies, it also introduces unique challenges. Having a secure data destruction plan that is also environmentally-friendly is key. And the firms in the data destruction industry that practice effective recycling methods will stand out as leaders.

Paper Recycling

Typically, recyclers don’t accept shredded bits of paper. Furthermore, they tend to charge a pick-up fee. To address this issue, invest in special equipment that will flatten shredded paper into briquettes. Many recyclers are willing to accept shredded paper in that form.

Optical Media Recycling

Blu-ray Discs, CDs, and DVDs are defined as “optical media.” They are comprised of plastic resins. Recyclers usually reject optical media due to sensitive data destruction mandates for particle sizes. The National Security Agency (NSA) wants to be sure optical media is pulverized to dust particles to prevent the possibility of data extraction. A recycling center must be able to destroy optimal media properly.

Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) Recycling

HDDs are made of alloys of metal and plastic. These materials are completely recyclable. Unfortunately, companies that regularly send their HDDs to be destroyed may not realize that the data may still be accessible.

Any company wishing to destroy their HDDs should handle it themselves on-site. This way they’ll be sure the data is completely destroyed. They can then avoid their HDDs ending up in landfills by sending their remaining dismantled materials to recyclers.

Flash Media Recycling

Solid-state drives (SDDs), Universal Serial Bus (USB) flash drives, cell phones are collectively called “flash media.” The Department of Homeland Security states that physically destroying these devices is the best way to ensure the data won’t be accessible.

Many types of flash media contain bits of precious metals including gold and silver. These valuable parts are recyclable. Collecting flash media in bulk adds up for recyclers who accept flash media components.

Mitigate Risks with Environmentally-Friendly Practices

The various media types have challenges that are specific to their material composition. Companies that destroy data must take special care to recycle paper, optical media, HDDs, and flash media in responsible ways that effectively destroy data.

It helps that businesses and data destruction companies share the same mission, which is two-fold. They should remain steps ahead of the ever-changing strategies of cybercriminals by effectively destroying sensitive data on-site. Afterward, they can send non-sensitive components to a recycling center to reduce landfill waste.

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