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E-Waste Disposal: What You Should Destroy and Why

Presently, the term “e-waste”
encompasses a wide variety of electronic devices.  This includes computers, hard drives, tablets,
mobile phones, and other electronics. 

Collectively, these devices
pose a high risk of pollution.  That’s
because of the toxic components they contain. 
This includes cadmium, lead, mercury, PCBs, and more. 

Recently, electronic
technologies have become more prevalent in homes and offices.  Hence, environmental laws have emerged.  They prohibit the disposal of e-waste. 
Instead, it must be properly recycled. 

Naturally, you’re a conscientious
Florida business owner.  Thus, you must behave
in an environmentally responsible manner. 
This is especially true when it comes to recycling e-waste.

Yet, you have to determine
which devices should be destroyed first. 
In fact, it must be done so data cannot be recovered.  By doing so, you’ll keep with consumer
privacy laws.  Which devices should you destroy, and why? 

Destruction and Recycling Guidelines

Actually, there’s a problem when trying to determine which e-waste to destroy before recycling.  Really, it’s that many electronics these days retain data.  Sure, you expect computer equipment, servers, and mobile devices to store data. However, did you know modern printers, copiers, and scanners also have hard drives? 

These days, it’s hard to find newer models that don’t have them.  Of course, devices that store data should be shredded (or at least their hard drives should be) before recycling.  In doing so, you’ll ensure any sensitive data contained doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Otherwise, it will lead to a potential
data breach or identity theft.  Perhaps, you don’t think a copy machine is
a threat.  Yet, it stores employee passcodes.  Also, it may accumulate images of printed
documents.  In other words, e-waste must be properly disposed of so.  If not, it puts your company and/or customers
at risk. 

Consequences of A Lax Attitude

By now, Florida businesses are aware
there’s a threat of data breach.  Likely,
you take significant precautions to secure data while in use.  This includes firewalls, passwords, and
encryption.  However, you may not take
equal care when it comes to IT asset disposition. 

What if sensitive data falls
into the wrong hands due to your negligence? 
In reality, you could face penalties and lawsuits.  Also, you’ll suffer a loss of revenue and
reputation as a result of a breach. 

Thus, avoid such outcomes.  Instead, partner with a shredding service
that can destroy documents.  Also, select
a company that shreds and recycles hard drives and other e-waste.  Finally, ensure they keep with applicable
environmental and consumer privacy laws.

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