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Sponsor Post: Data Destruction – Green Ways to Destroy Your Old Data

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Data destruction is more important than ever, as more and more electronic devices in businesses around the country automatically store potentially sensitive data. Did you know that even your copy machine might store copies of tax documents copied on the machine, or at the very least keep a record of incoming and outgoing fax numbers? When it's time to get rid of old office electronics, no matter whether we're talking about computers or fax machines, proper data destruction should be your top priority.

Luckily, you don't have to simply smash up your old hard drives and ship them to the nearest landfill. You can, instead, use green methods of data destruction that are both healthy for the environment and protective of your business's sensitive information.

Electronics Recycling and Data Destruction

The best way to go green and get your data destroyed properly is to take your old office electronics to an electronics recycler who will also shred all the hard drives. The process of recycling electronics is complex, as it entails breaking the electronics down into component parts and then shipping off those parts to recyclers countrywide who have a use for them. During this process, an electronics recycler can remove and shred your hard drive, making the data stored there inaccessible.

Before you send your old electronics to just any electronics recycler, make sure that your recycling company of choice has a data destruction system in place. The company should carefully track your IT assets throughout the process of recycling and data destruction, and they should be able to provide you with proof of destruction at the end of the process. While it does cost your business a bit of money to completely destroy data on old hard drives, being a little kinder on the environment and protecting sensitive information about you and your customers is worth the cost!

Recycle San Diego is the area’s preeminent provider of recycling services, including electronics recycling, battery recycling, e-waste drop-off and pickup services and business waste management. Recycle San Diego also offers e-waste collection events, hard drive destruction and paper shredding services. Learn more at RecycleSanDiego.org.

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