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Avoiding Security Issues With Recycled WEEE

Every year, companies from all industries and of all sizes have to deal with an ever-increasing amount of suddenly obsolete and incompatible hardware. Whether this equipment is out-of-warranty and slightly damaged, under-powered for the company’s modern demands or just incompatible with new software/hardware, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of perfectly useable pieces of equipment thrown out every month.

The major part of this waste tends to be desktops PCs and laptops/tablets, or other equipment with hard drives, which can often be repaired or reclaimed. Unfortunately, any piece of equipment with a hard drive can be a security risk, particularly if it held any sensitive information, including client/customer addresses, log in details or practically any information which could be used to harm your business or anyone else.

The very best way to ensure that you can reduce the security risk associated with your waste electrics is to take advantage of the latest in WEEE disposal from environmentally-conscious waste management companies.

Dealing With Your Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment

Many businesses, in the past, have thought that the best way to protect their sensitive information and drastically reduce the risk of security threats is to simply never get rid of their e-waste! The major disadvantages of this are obvious, as these models then end up taking over expensive floor space.

In fact, it isn’t uncommon to find IT departments absolutely filled to the brim with piles of redundant computer hardware. Aside from the potential tripping hazards and risks of items falling onto employees, it also presents a poor impression to any guests or clients who visit your business and can make your entire business appear disorganised.

Why Is WEEE Disposal So Difficult?

It isn’t; not really. The only real problem is that, because these items are made of so many different metals, including lithium and mercury, they can be harmful to the environment when dumped and really need to be recycled. Current legislation prevents these items from being disposed of in a landfill, thanks to their value, which is actually great when it comes to limiting potential security leaks.

It needs to go to professional WEEE disposal experts, who are able to ensure that your WEEE will either be reused or recycled in an ethical manner without compromising your business’ security.

Dealing With Your Own Security Risks

Though many companies will feature data-wiping as part of their service, you can wipe any information off yourself. Many people choose to take out hard drives and destroy them, but this is a waste of resources and not really necessary.

Wiping Sensitive Information

To ensure that your data is not accessible once the PC/laptop/tablet has been removed, it is better to spend some time clearing your information off of it. You can use professional data-wiping tools, such as Blancco (approved by the MoD). Blancco overwrites the entire hard drive with meaningless data, ensuring that your files are unrecoverable.

There are also free versions available, though they are never as thorough as professional versions. It is worth picking up a retail version if you are going to be upgrading your systems regularly, but free alternatives, such as Active Kill Disc, should be useful for one-offs or small businesses.

However if you prefer we can arrange for all your data to be professionally wiped prior to disposal and you will receive official confirmation this has been done.

Donating Your Equipment

If your equipment is still in good working area, you will often be able to find an organisation that is willing to take them off your hands. Often, schools or charities are a good choice. If you have a great number of similar types of computers, then that is ideal for schools that prefer to equip each student with the same model. Older PCs and laptops are extremely useful for engineering educational groups, as they can allow students to gain practical, hands-on experience with taking computers apart and reassembling them.

Recycling Your Equipment With CERS’ Professional Team

If your equipment has reached the stage where it is no longer operable, then you need to ensure that it has been wiped clean and disposed off through reliable WEEE disposal experts. Here at Recycling Services, we specialise in WEEE disposal and recycling as much waste as we possibly can.

We are dedicated to increasing the nation’s sustainability and reducing the need for landfills and other, non-sustainable waste solutions. For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our professional team today on 01952 204471. Alternatively, you can email any questions or concerns that you might have to and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

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