Shredding documents containing sensitive information has been common practice in data security for decades. However, as society moves to a more digitized existence both in and out of the office, isn’t it time the same safety precautions and protections were extended to electronic devices?
In just one GB of data, the equivalent of 675,000 pages of information can be stored, rendering it little surprise that an increasing number of organizations and businesses are mandating hard drive shredding.
ERI operates the world’s largest and most sophisticated shredders. Custom-designed for ERI, our state-of-the-art shredders are capable of handling over 30,000 pounds of e-waste per hour.
ERI has the largest e-waste shredders in the world, capable of shredding over 30,000 pounds of e-waste per hour!
ERI is one of the only e-waste recyclers in the world that utilizes a two-step shredding process. First, your electronic devices are broken down into manageable pieces. Then, they are finely shredded to destroy data and allow our recycling technicians to sort them into raw commodities, such as metal and plastics, which are sent straight to our downstream partners to be repurposed, recycled or reused. This ensures that 100 percent of your device is recycled and never ends up in a landfill.
The shredding process itself was designed by ERI to reflect its commitment to protecting the health of the environment and our recycling technicians. ERI’s shredders feature built-in air filtration systems that guarantee the shredding process is safe for the surrounding community, employees and the environment.
With the number of electronic devices in circulation growing at a rapid rate, hackers and data thefts are increasingly targeting improperly disposed of hardware. Shredding e-waste, though, guarantees complete data destruction and your security.
ERI has shredded more than 1 billion pounds of e-waste to date, and is the industry’s leading e-waste recycler. For more information on our shredding services, contact ERI at 1-800-ERI-DIRECT or request a quote here.
Did You Know?
Just 1 gigabyte of data can equal as many as 675,000 pages of information.
Most computer hard drives are 500GB, meaning they can contain up to 337.5 million pages of information!
MIT tested over 150 used hard drives and over 92% contained recoverable sensitive information including social security numbers, credit card numbers, medical records and more.
An average small data breach costs a company $3.5 million dollars.
The two most common causes of data breaches are viruses/malware & misappropriated e-waste.
Many states mandate e-waste recycling, and more companies are now starting to mandate data destruction for company devices.
Electronics are the fastest growing solid waste stream in the world.
E-waste can contain lead, mercury, cadmium and other hazardous materials which when improperly recycled can leach into the soil and groundwater.
More devices today contain sensitive data, from smartphones to computers to tablets and beyond. This data must be destroyed when a device is deemed obsolete, or the information can be obtained by e-waste data miners.
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ERI wipes devices 7-10 times in accordance with Dept. of Defense and National Institute of Standards and Technology standards before being sent to its state-of-the-art e-waste shredders. To further ensure the safety and security of client data, ERI offers video verification of process as well as a Certificate of Destruction.
ERI is the nation’s largest e-waste recycler, with eight facilities servicing every zip code nationwide. It doesn’t matter where a company, organization or individual is located, ERI is here to serve.
Electronic devices are assigned a serial number, enabling tracking from entry to final disposition using ERI’s proprietary technology, MyTrackTech™. Information regarding electronic devices can be accessed at any point in the destruction and recycling process, ensuring complete transparency and verifying all regulatory requirements have been met.
ERI’s strict zero-landfill, zero-export policy guarantees no piece of a device ends up in a landfill anywhere in the world and reduces the liability of its clients.
ERI was the first e-waste recycler in the U.S. to be dual-certified by e-Stewards and R2, demonstrating its continued commitment to maintaining the highest environmental standards.
No matter the type of organization or company, ERI can help safely and responsibly recycle electronic devices, offering add-on services such as glass cleaning, mail back, asset refurbishment, trailer staging, direct pick- up and white glove service, among others.