Electronic Collection Event | 9/12/2020

Saturday, September 12, 2020, 8:00am-12:00pm

We are Open–We are Collecting–We are Processing!

NewTech Recycling is classified as an “ESSENTIAL BUSINESS” and is open and fully operational throughout this quarantine period. As a value-added service to our local community and surrounding areas, we are opening up our location for Electronic Collection Events over the next few months as local and County governments get back in service.

We are appreciative of the many years of support we have been shown and want to extend this event to the many people looking for a solution to properly recycle their material.
We are Here to Help!

NEWTECH IS PREPARED and our primary focus is public health and safety. Our fully trained staff will be wearing the proper PPE for their protection and those who are coming to drop off.
We will be on-hand to unload cars or guide in the personal unloading if so desired.

Feel free to call with any questions, or if you have a bulk collection need for a business or local entity. (732) 564-3110.

Material Accepted:

  • Computers/Laptops/Mainframes/Servers
  • Printers/Copiers/Fax Machines
  • CRT Televisions & Monitors
  • Flat Screen Televisions & Monitors
  • Cables & Wiring
  • Cell phones & Cell phone batteries
  • Keyboards/Mice/Computer Accessories
  • VCRs/Cable boxes/Telephones

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The Growing Popularity of On-Site Hard Drive Shredding

By Joel Ihnotic - Business Development Manager Newtech Recycling

Do you ever wonder if Onsite Hard Drive Shredding is something your business could benefit from? As we move further into the future, we may find that the reality is inevitable.  Thanks to the growth and sophistication of cyber security attacks around the world, witnessed destruction of sensitive media is a valuable option for any sized business to have access to.  The ability to physically view and sign-off on the complete elimination of proprietary, business and personal information is a tremendously valuable action that can offer total safety and security.   In a regulatory world, the value of proper data destruction is much greater than peace of mind.

Newtech Recycling is a New Jersey based ITAD provider that has embraced hard drive shredding as one of its most important services.  Newtech’s mobile hard drive shredding teams and services continues to grow in popularity as our client network evolves and advances.  Very few recyclers have the capacity to stay ahead of the regulatory landscape all while continuing an on-going commitment to full compliance in every aspect of the ITAD Industry.  We are one of the few and we take tremendous pride in our accomplishments.   Each of our certifications, standards, authorizations, permits and ID’s can be found detailed on our webpage in plain view.   Our multifaceted management system is strictly followed by our entire organization.  Each member of our team adheres to their responsibilities and audits are a daily practice.  This special attention to detail is what keeps our teams leaders in the industry.  Being at the forefront of compliance and Green initiatives is ultimately what differentiates Newtech from our competitors.  We welcome any interested parties to visit our website and learn more.
Our fully trained, certified and insured recycling teams depart our facility every morning to perform specialty hard drive destruction services throughout the northeast.  Our flexible nature allows us to customize these services to meet each and every one of our client’s needs.   This, coupled with our technician’s extensive knowledge of equipment and procedures, allows our partners to make truly informed decisions on how to proceed with all categories of equipment and sensitive media.  We pride ourselves in exceeding the expectations of our extensive network of businesses.  This mentality is what has allowed us to grow by leaps and bounds over the past twenty two years.

Imagine the benefits of having a friendly and professional recycling staff actually visit your place of business.  Having a team of technicians that can physically see operational gaps and then offer various solutions can be a tremendous help to any organization.   Newtech Recycling teams don’t just back their trucks up to your docks.  Our all encompassing white glove service covers every single ITAD base.  From de-installation and removal of network equipment to inventories and shredding services, Newtech does it all…….everyday.
If you think you are in the market, or maybe soon, we encourage you to contact us and simply ask a few questions.  The world is heading in a certain direction.  You may be surprised to learn how much we can help.


How do you dispose of old office photocopiers?

By Chris Keenan

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the much-loved photocopier.  Over those 80 years; many a coffee has been sipped, many a tale has been told, and many important corporate decisions have been made whilst stood next to the office copier.   Some say the office photocopier is the social hub of a business, others might say it’s only rival is the water dispenser or coffee machine.  Despite all the love we feel for our office photocopier, when it goes wrong, and you know it will go wrong, that love is soon flipped into what corporate psychologists have coined: ‘copier rage’!

If I was to ask you who is to blame for ‘copier rage’, you’d have to point to the inventor.  In case you are wondering who that was, you might like to know that the copier was invented by an American, from New York called Chester Carlson.  Chester held the core manufacturing patent for all copiers and as you can imagine that made him richer than the Royal family. Well maybe not that rich, but it is estimated that Carlson gave away almost $100 million to charity and foundations before he died just 30 years after his invention.

To give you some idea how ‘big a deal’ photocopiers are, just in the USA, sales revenue for copiers amounted to $1.336 billion in 2018.  That’s a lot of photocopiers.  So, what happens to all those photocopiers when they eventually go to the big office in the sky?  Also, another equally important question is; just how do you dispose of your old, faulty, dying or dead photocopier?  Here are some helpful answers and things to look out for when disposing of old copiers:

Security first.
When it comes to disposing of old copiers you would be amazed at how many companies leave documents in the machine or under the lid.  However, what a lot of business owners don’t realise is that most modern copiers have a hard drive.  Those hard drives are usually full of data, some of which may legally require your business to ensure the drives data is destroyed.  You can ask Newtech if your copier will need its hard drive destroying by calling: 732-564-3110.

Legal requirements.
Are you wondering how serious the laws are around photocopier disposal? Here’s a good story: back in 2013 a $1.2 Million penalty was slapped on a company for failing to destroy the data correctly on their photocopier’s hard drives.  A photocopier is one of those things that needs to conform with e-waste disposal laws and data protection laws.  It’s pretty important to get it right.

Best disposal method.
All photocopiers are classified as e-waste (toxic solid waste) which only really means you have one choice open to you when it comes time to dispose of them. You have to have them recycled.  The problem is, who should you choose to recycle your old copier?  Don’t just give your copier to anyone, Newtech is a certified photocopier recycler that’s been accredited with an R2 e-waste disposal certificate and is authorised by the State.  If your copier has been taken away by an unauthorised party, you may still be liable for it.

Cost for removal.
The cost of copier removal is usually determined by the 3 following questions:

Where is it?
What is it?
When is it?

Where is it? This isn’t just about zip codes, it’s also about the physical location of the copier within your office.  If its ten flights up and there’s no elevator, special equipment and more men may be required.  Obviously, this can affect the cost, as can the question: “what is it”?  For example, if it’s a massive beasty of a machine that needs to be taken apart just to be removed from the building, this can affect the bottom line.  The last question is: “when is it”?  The ‘when’ relates to urgency, if you don’t have the space for a new copier until the old one is taken out, or if you want it removing outside of office hours then you might require a premium 24-hour removal service.

Hope you enjoyed this article.  For help and advice call Newtech on: 732 564 3110.  Newtech also offers a free automated online quote generator on their website for any out of hours enquiries or cost estimate - CLICK HERE.


How to Truly Kill a Hard Drive!

By Chris Keenan

Over the past 30 years Newtech Recycling has received a considerable number of hard drives for disposal.  Some of these drives had received (from their owners) extremely radical methods to ensure they could never be read again.  Some great examples have included; hard drives with nails hammered through them, drives that have been chopped up by an axe, and even hard drives soaked in buckets of water.  The number of calls Newtech receives from businesses asking about hard drive disposal is to high to record.  To help out Newtech has listed below the top 6 digital data destruction questions and answers:

Question: How do you truly kill a hard drive? 
Answer: For those companies that want the ultimate in data destruction, you’re going to love this.   Newtech runs a secure, CCTV monitored data destruction facility, that houses some of the most advanced hard drive killing equipment in the world.  There are 4 stages to killing your hard drive, each is pure 007 ‘Q’ Branch cool.  First, each drive is purged using a British Intelligence (MOD) and US Department of Defence (DOD) level data wipe.  This wipe involves a process of rewriting over old deleted files until there isn’t even a shadow trace left to recover.  Second, the hard drive is physically blasted with a Matrix style EMP.  This high-level magnetic field totally wipes the hard drive, resetting all the zero’s and ones, this process utterly blanks the memory. Third, just in case data has survived the purge and the EMP (which is highly unlikely) the hard drive is dropped into a specialized shredder, that turns the disk into flakes.  Finally, those flakes are melted down and the alloys and plastics are recycled.  You’d have to be pretty paranoid to use all of these services, most Newtech clients just choose the EMP and shredding options.  That said, Newtech has clients in the medical, pharmaceutical, finance & legal industries that order the ultimate disk killing service, just to be safe.

Question: Do you ever read or look at data held on your clients’ hard drives?   
Answer: Newtech never accesses data, reads or copies its clients’ hard drives. Apart from being under contract to guarantee your privacy, the process of data destruction combined with the high levels of security make it a practical impossibility.

Question: How many hard drives do you destroy an hour?
Answer: On average, Newtech tends to destroy about 400 hard drives an hour, though that can be ramped up to thousands if needed.

Question: How do we (the client) permanently delete files from our hard drives before Newtech destroys them? 
Answer: According to Newtech Recycling, this is one of the most common questions asked.  The answer is also one of the most interesting.  If you delete a file from your computer, and then from your ‘recycling bin’ folder you haven’t actually deleted it.  All you’ve done is removed the name of the directory path that tells you where the file is.  Over time, as your computers’ hard drive fills up with new files, your old ‘deleted’ files may get overwritten, put not always permanently.

Even if a file is overwritten, a shadow trace of it can still remain, which can be enough to recover the files content.  There is specialized software that can permanently delete files & data from your hard drive but using it tends to wipe the entire hard drive and it can take some time to run.   This is fine if you have 1 or 2 hard drives to destroy, but if you have 20 or 30 drives you might as well go for a simpler solution.

Question: What is the quickest way to destroy hard drives? 
Answer: Newtech recommends on-site data destruction as one of the quickest ways to destroy hard drives.  Some consider this to be the securest method of data destruction, mainly because the hard drives never leave your location.  Usually, on-site data destruction involves an IT hardware engineer arriving at your premises with a mobile hard drive shredder.  The engineer will then catalog and shred each hard drive with you.

Question: How much does it cost to destroy a hard drive? 
Answer: Having your hard drives shredded isn’t that expensive, in fact it’s a lot less than you think.  If the hard drives need to be removed from the computers this can add to the cost, but it’s still very reasonable. For the most up-to-date prices, the team at Newtech Recycling can be reached on: 732 564 3110.  However, the real question you should be asking yourself is, what IT hardware carries hard drives that you don’t know about.  It’s not just laptops and computers that store data.  Photocopiers also use hard drives as do phones, some printers & of course things like optical disks (CD’s & DVD’s), USB sticks, flash cards, solid state drives, tablets and tapes are also subject to data destruction laws.  Don’t worry too much, Newtech Recycling rolls out the red carpet and dawns the white gloves, ready to help any company, large or small, with their digital data destruction requires.


6 Handy Tips for Successful IT Asset Disposal and Remarketing

By Chris Keenan

If you’re a CIO, IT director, or just someone who has been put in charge of managing the disposal of your business’s old IT hardware we’ve got 6 handy tips for helping with the process:

1. Adding to the Recoverable Value

All IT equipment either fails or becomes obsolete at some point. The biggest nightmare for an IT manager is a systems or hardware failure. Part of any good IT strategy is to plan for regular upgrades, many IT managers will tell you it’s to ensure the business is benefiting from the best tech but it’s also to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic hardware meltdowns. Upgrades have three expenses, the first cost comes from the hardware, the second cost comes from implementation and the third cost comes from disposal. If you add to your upgrade plan a value recovery curve you can massively reduce the last of those costs.

So, what’s a value recovery curve? Simply put, if you plan to upgrade your IT systems, you should also plan to dispose of the IT assets you’re replacing, whilst they still hold a reasonable market value. Most companies today use IT asset disposition services to generate some revenue from the remarketing of their old IT assets. Items such as used computers, used laptops, old servers, replaced network equipment and other such IT hardware can hold a good second-hand value. Bringing your upgrade schedule forward by even as little as 6 months, can result in massively increasing the remarketing (reselling) value of your old equipment. On the other hand, the longer you leave the upgrade, the less value you can hope to recuperate from your obsolete IT hardware. A sound tip, is to upgrade every 30 months if you’re on a 3-year cycle. If you’re on a 5-year cycle you should really think about changing that to 4. Keep in mind that most buyers of old or refurbished IT assets are looking for items that have at least 18 months of OS support and software relevance.

2. Data Destruction

The single most important thing you need to do, is destroy all your old hard drives. Here’s the catch, most old IT assets drop massively in value if you’ve destroyed their hard drives. For example, there are more people looking to buy second hand laptops with hard drives than without.

Failure to destroy your hard drives can result in the wrong people getting their hands on sensitive data, and I’m not just talking about business data or data that you are legally required to protect. Personal data, contact data, and even low level business operations data can be recovered and used to plan utterly devastating cyber-attacks.

So, what’s the solution? In terms of data destruction most ITAD service providers offer onsite (at your works premises) and offsite (a secure data destruction facility that offers advanced hard drive wipes and shredding) hard drive data destruction services. Company’s like Newtech Recycling go one step further, they will help you identify which of your IT assets are worth refurbishing with new drives and which computers can be remarketed without concerns over data breeches. So it’s worth giving Newtech a call before you decide what to do with your old hardware and IT assets.

3. Reducing the Cost of Removal

Deinstallation of IT hardware can be a costly process, you can save massively if you deinstall and neatly pack the retired hardware yourself. You wouldn’t be blamed for thinking, ‘that much is obvious’, but what you don’t realise is, that most ITAD service providers will help you with some really useful things to help you do this for free. Firstly, ask your ITAD provider if they can pre-supply cages or pallets. Stacking the pallets or filling the cages yourself will save a ton on manual costs. Also, ask your ITAD service provider to send you their default inventory list and fill it out for them. That way, all the ITAD removal manager needs to do is cross check the list on collection. If managed well, all you’ll be paying for is the pickup charges.

4. Managing Licenses

If you are thinking of remarketing your retired IT assets, software licenses can make all the difference. Having the original OS for each individual machine that you want to remarket, can really give you a solid competitive advantage. Did you also know, if you’re reselling your hardware with other used software licenses this can help the sale to exceed market value? The ECJ decision has legally confirmed that organisations can resell “used” software licences, regardless of whether they were purchased in a physical form or downloaded from the internet. This is fantastic news for remarketing used IT assets, however just make sure there’s a chain of accountability.

5. Recycling E-Waste

IT asset remarketing is all well and good but at some point, IT hardware just reaches the end of its life, and when that happens you need to make sure you have it recycled by an authorized recycler. Failure to recycle your IT hardware correctly can cause you and your company major problems. Here’s what you should look for:

1. The ITAD company managing the disposal of your old IT hardware needs to be either R2 or e-Stewards certified.
2. Also look for ISO 14001 Certification.
3. Ideally, you should look for some degree of State approval as well as EPA recognition.
4. Look at what they are truly able to process, you want a company that’s going to be able to manage all your e-waste, from cabinets to photocopiers, from laptops to data centers.

6. A Good Partnership

When it comes to the disposal and remarketing of your business’s old IT hardware, you need your ITAD provider to be someone you can trust to get the job done. The East Coast has a booming IT industry and with it are some fantastic ITAD companies, amongst them you’ll find companies such as Newtech Recycling, who pride themselves on offering a red carpet, white glove service. No matter the size of project or the type of obsolete technology, Newtech Recycling fulfils every requirement promptly and professionally, for more information call: 732.564.3110.


How would you like your business e-waste & junk computer hardware to be collected and recycled for free?

By James Entwistle

Today's’ businesses are ‘environmentally conscientious’ and are willing to pay for the proper disposal of their e-waste. We all have that cabinet or closet filled with old mice, keyboards, wires, computers, monitors and office printers that are simply collecting dust and costing for storage.  To many business owners, office managers and IT directors, it just doesn’t seem worthwhile to have such a small amount of e-waste collected.  Many prefer to wait until these obsolete devices are falling out of the cabinet, or breaking the door down to a closet.  What if I was to tell you, there is now a way to have all the e-waste in your cabinet or storeroom collected and recycled for FREE, even if it is just a few old keyboards?

For Newtech the term ‘environmentally conscientious’ means giving the business community the cleanest, greenest most cost-efficient means of recycling.  This includes finding ways of making recycling more affordable. The good news is, Newtech has managed to do just that through a strategic partnership that eliminates the cost of collection and recycling!

Like all great ideas the partnership is very simple.  Newtech has aligned itself with one of the East Coasts largest independent sellers of office supplies & equipment.  This is how it works: if you have e-waste (e.g. old computers, IT hardware, monitors and so on) you can have them collected for free the next time you order your office supplies.  Not only does it cut the cost of collection, it also cuts your carbon footprint as we’re only using a single vehicle to deliver your order and remove your e-waste.  How’s that for a WIN, WIN?

So, what’s the catch? Well, the partnership works both ways, the office supply company is offering to do the collection for free providing Newtech freely recycles for their clients.  So that means free collection and free recycling with every order of supplies.

Ok, before you start reaching for the phone to place an order there are four basic requirements.  1. When placing your order, you also need to arrange to have your e-waste collected.  If your delivery driver turns up and they are not expecting to collect e-waste there might not be space on the truck.  2. Not all items can be taken free of charge, so you want to call Newtech first to make sure your e-waste can be collected: (732) 564 3110.  3. Some e-waste might require special processes such as data destruction, so when you call Newtech make sure you let them know if your e-waste includes hardware with hard drives (e.g. old laptops & computers). There is a small fee for shredding hard drives but it’s definitely worth the piece of mind.  4. If you have a large amount of e-waste to be processed, recycling fees may be applicable.  The key throughout this process is to have open lines of communication with Newtech.

You might be asking yourself: “what’s the name of the office supply company offering this fantastic opportunity”?  The answer is: Village Office Supply!  Over the past 30 years this local business has offered FREE delivery to hundreds of area businesses.   Thanks to this new partnership between Village Office Supply and Newtech Recycling, they can now also offer FREE collection and FREE recycling!  If you don’t have an account with them, give them a call today at: (732) 564 1700.

Thank you for choosing to recycle the right way with Newtech Recycling & Village Office Supply!


Is Recycling E-Waste Financially Sustainable?

By Chris Keenan

Pretty much all electronics from your laptop to your phone will at some point become e-waste.  You would easily be excused for asking, why is this type of outdated equipment worthy of its own “special” classification? Let’s just say this classification is ‘more preferable to what was originally known as; ‘hazardous electronics containing solid toxic waste’.  Of course, the term e-waste, has been created to easily group electrical products that, due to their toxicity, cannot be disposed of in any other way than recycling.

You might be thinking why should we bother to recycle e-waste? It’s a sound question if your knowledge in the subject is limited. Honestly answered, the driving factors behind the motivation for recycling electronics can be boiled down to the 3 following words:

1. Survival
2. Profit
3. Sustainability

Let me give you some examples of how e-waste can affect our survival. We all know that electronics such as computers contain toxins that if ingested can result in brain damage, cancer, and organ failure.  I’m not suggesting that there are people out there who are eating their old computers, it’s far worse.  It turns out that dumping our e-waste into landfill sites results in toxins seeping into the wider environment. You’ve probably read about the micro plastics recently found in humans.  There’s no question the toxification from failing to recycle has already begun.  Recycling is our best chance of survival, it prevents and helps to revers the damage caused by these dreadful carcinogenic pollutants.

Making recycling profitable, is an incredibly important contributing factor towards improving the health and prolonged existence of mankind.  The desire to profit is an enabling force. In fact, profit is such a strong force some might even say that profits are more of a motivator than fear of death by toxification.  That said, the profits from recycling isn’t exactly sending the floor in Wall Street bonkers. We all know that in our capitalistic society if a service or industry can’t afford to pay its costs then it tends to fail.  You might be thinking, why doesn’t the government take on the duty of e-waste recycling, surely, it’s far too important to leave it to the free market? In terms of the government managing your recycling think of it like this, would you like to pay more non-negotiable taxes? or would you prefer to use businesses that are constantly investing into making better, more efficient, more affordable ways to recycle?  Let’s be honest the governments strengths are in regulating, not innovating.

In terms of societal sustainability playing a factor in recycling it’s important to recognize that for any society to exist three basic requirements must be met.  They are simply, the abundance of; food, clothing and shelter.  All three of those require land.  Food is grown on land, houses are built on land, and the materials for clothing from cotton to leather require land.   One of the most land destructive industries known to man is mining!  Mining for gold, oil, metals, or silicon all require processes that devastate the environment.  Just to produce 1 oz (28g) of gold, takes the removal & destruction of 15,000 lbs (6.8 tonnes) of ore. Worse still are the refining processes which can utilize deadly chemicals and produce huge levels of carbon emissions.  One of the worst materials for mining and refining in the world, is aluminum.  You’ll find aluminum in most of our electronics.

So, what’s the good news?  The good news is that between 98% to 100% of e-waste can be recycled and innovation in recycling technology is booming.  Due to a recent advancement in aluminum recycling technology a small-scale recycling facility can reduce its CO2 emissions by as much as, 200,000 tonnes a year! Making recycling massively cleaner and less damaging the mining.  Already 1/3rd of the worlds’ gold comes from recycled sources.  It is now cheaper to recycle old copper than to mine and extract new copper. 71% of steel waste is recycled and Europe and North America have a lead battery recycling rate close to 100%.  This massive degree of recycling success contributes immensely to societal sustainability allowing innovation, job creation, economic stabilization, and cleaner agriculture to flourish.

Who do we thank for this fantastic success? IT directors to facilities managers, from residents to CEO’s, we should thank those who make the choice to recycle.

If recycling is so successful why are companies and tax payers, paying to have their e-waste recycled? The reality is we’re getting better at recycling but the value of what we’re recycling is unstable it goes up and down with the markets.  Despite the instability in the markets recycling workers still need to be paid and companies need to keep investing into the technology.   With that fact in mind is recycling e-waste only financially sustainable providing we pay for the service to continue?  The answer is yes.  It’s a service, much like you’d pay to have your old car toed away or pay to have your trash taken.  The sales of reclaimed materials just helps to subsidise the service.


The Future of Monitor Recycling

By Chris Keenan

Back in 1998, I was invited to consult for a fantastic, young company based in Cambridge (UK).  As you probably know, Cambridge is famous for some extraordinary scientists, such as Isaac Newton and the late Stephen Hawking.  This young company was no exception to the fantastic scientific achievements that had gone before it.  The company’s invention was so leading edge, that we first got a glimpse of the Tech in the James Bond movie ‘Die Another Day’ as the invisible car.  We also saw the technology appearing as a futuristic monitor in the sci-fi movie Minority Report.

If you’ve not guessed it already, the invention is called ‘light emitting polymer’ and the company is called Cambridge Display Technology (CDT). So, what’s the big deal?  Well apart from invisible cars, you can have wall paper that changes its pattern on request, to anything.  It can even make wallpaper into a TV set.  That’s not all, the invention doesn’t just make excellent monitors, it also makes excellent computers.  In essence it means your computer and monitor can become the same thing (a bit like an iPad or computer tablet), with one big difference: your computer and monitor can be as thin, as a sheet of paper!

Lord Young of Graffham, first bought into the company for a rumored $100K, then helped to raise a £6.6m investment to help get the Tech patented.  CDT was originally a spin-off company from Cambridge University, so that kind of money seemed amazing, however that was just the tip of the chocolate bar.  Today the company is on the NASDAQ and worth $100’s of millions. LG display (shown in the above video) have invested heavily into CDT and so have a multitude of other big names.  Sounds amazing so far, right?

At this point you should have two questions on your mind: 1. If this company has been about since the 1990’s, then why don’t we already have paper-thin all-in-one computers already?  2. How would you power such a thing? I mean it’s a great idea but we’ve all seen the batteries needed for an iPad, wouldn’t this invention be restricted by its need for electricity?  Let me answer the second question first, it turns out those mad boffins in Cambridge have also developed energy harvesting and storage systems that make the technical schematics for the latest smartphone look like cave paintings.  Ok, so where are our flat computers?  Good question! It turns out that technology this advanced usually takes about 40 years before it’s perfected enough to hit the civilian population.  That puts us in the 2030’s before we can expect TV wallpaper. Better not start a line just yet.

One thing is for sure, when CDT’s inspired new hardware hits the streets, it will destroy the computer e-waste problem overnight!  That said, by the time we see flat computers, we’ll probably have a new e-waste industry recycling electric cars.  The bottom line is, whether it’s today or some time in the future, we’ve got some great stuff to look forward too.


What to do with old servers?

By Chris Keenan

There are currently over 7 billion people on the planet.  At the turn of the new millennium (2000 AD) only 300 million people were connected to the Internet.  Today the global digital online population has reached a staggering 4.2 billion.

You couldn’t be blamed for thinking that these types of stats are about as useful as having a snooze button on a smoke alarm.  However, if you’re a CIO, IT director, or IT manager who understands computer network technology you’ll probably be wondering what it takes to keep over 4 billion people connected.  In short, the answer is roughly 75 million servers with 550,000 miles of undersea cable, transmitting data at 186,000 miles per second, oh and about 5 billion internet capable devices, ranging from your laptop to your smart phone.

I think we can all agree the general lifespan of the average server is about 3-5 years, depending on the usage.  If that is the case then over the course of the next year, there will be approximately 15 to 20 million network servers being replaced.  If you’re in charge of managing a server network you might be asking yourself is there any value in reselling these old servers?  Well, as you can imagine with millions of second-hand servers out there, the remarketing value of your old server is pretty low.  In fact, a server that you spent up to $5,000 on 4 years ago can be worth less than 100 dollars today and that’s only if you manage to resell it.

It is possible to asset strip an old server by selling its RAM, processors, motherboards and so on. If you have the time to take apart a server and remarket each component you might see as much as $300 from your old machine.  In most cases obsolete servers are just too much of a hassle or take too long to sell. IT directors have more important things to do with their time. The reality is when it comes to replacing old servers most CIO and IT professionals are just concerned about 3 things:

1. Certified data destruction of the server hard drives.
2. Quick, reliable, and secure removal of obsolete IT assets.
3. The legal disposal of servers.

In terms of certified data destruction, it is not commonly known by the general public, but an IT manager might lose more than just his job over failing to destroy his company’s hard drives correctly.  Failure to destroy a hard drive can have grave legal consequences. Obviously, most CIO’s tend to request that hard drives are shredded regardless of what’s on them, just to be safe.

You might think it strange that the second most important thing on a CIO’s mind is a quick and reliable removal service? Changing out hardware or upgrading a server room is incredibly time sensitive and space critical.  The last thing an IT manager or CIO wants, is to have the old equipment blocking up the hall ways, slowing everyone down.  A fast, reliable and secure removal service, can make all the difference to a successful data center / cloud upgrade.

Lastly, the legal disposal of servers translates to just one thing, namely: ‘recycling’.  Today, most of us understand the necessity to recycle.  Just in case you don’t know why server recycling is so important, it might be worth noting that if we don’t recycle servers’ we need to find a hole big enough to put 20+ million of them in each year.  With that said, is recycling servers really environmentally friendly, or does recycling produce more carbon emissions and use even more deadly chemicals in the process? Thankfully, recycling produces less carbon emissions than the mining and refining process used in creating new materials.  So, it’s not only cheaper to recycle, it’s also cleaner.  Even separating the metals from complex components such as motherboards can be achieved by using fine shredding and water separation (it’s a process a lot like panning) where no chemicals are required.

You might be asking yourself what’s the financial value of a recycled server?  The answer depends on the type of server. There is gold in most servers but it’s in such a small quantity it doesn’t really cover the cost of labor or the running of recycling machinery.  So how do we recycle old servers if it’s not that profitable? Most recyclers charge a fee to recycle.  However, if you have newer servers that can be resold then the fee for recycling can be offset against the sales profits. Sometimes, this approach can even result in you getting paid to recycle.

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What is the Importance of Responsible Electronics Recycling?

By Joel Ihnotic

As we continue our journey into the future, uncertainty exists around every bend.  Where are we headed and what will the world be like 20, 50 or even 100 years from now?  What kinds of jobs will our children and grandchildren be working?  The pace of advancements in science and technology make it virtually impossible to predict the next generation’s job market.  In fact, some experts are saying that the most popular job in the year 2035, doesn’t even exist yet.  It’s crazy to think that, but makes sense if you simply consider what’s taken place over the past 20 years.

Although it may not be the most popular career choice in 2035, one job category that will almost certainly remain relevant is e-scrap and everything that surrounds it.  Technologies are turning over so quickly these days and manufacturers are pumping out more and more products to keep their grasp on the growing number of consumers.   This reality isn’t ending anytime soon and electronics recyclers know this.

As products evolve and volumes increase, so do the number of recyclers.  Barriers to enter the e-scrap market are relatively modest and can be off-set by a variety of revenue streams.  This is why we caution our partners and encourage everyone to perform diligence on the recyclers they wish to utilize.

It seems like new recycling outfits are popping up every week and offering tremendous deals for business equipment.  I see it almost daily and I see where products and components end up.  It’s incredibly important that everyone is weary of these typically un-certified and unapproved fly-by-night operations that hit and run.

Here at Newtech Recycling we embrace the challenge of competing with phony operations at many different levels by promoting a safe, sound and fully certified business model.  This ideology of doing things the right way and investing in partnerships has allowed us to grow every year since 1995.

As an R2:2013 recycler, we are tied to a level of quality and security that our extensive network of clients needs and deserves.   This mentality carries over to our staff which enjoys superior standards attributed to worker health and safety.   Our operation is audited almost daily on an internal basis and by internationally accredited forums multiple times per year.  These 3rd party groups host intense multi-stage audits that diligently review our internal procedures and materials management practices.  Although, very costly, these visits ensure that our clients and staff receive the gold standard across the spectrum of e-scrap services.  Our auditors also provide forward ideas towards best management practices which benefit our internal staff members, logistics teams, facility grounds and our surrounding community.

In other words, anytime a business or individual partners with a certified recycler, the world becomes a greener place.  We want nothing more than every person, place and thing to benefit from the highest standard of care our industry has to offer.

This is who we are at Newtech Recycling, a trusted name in e-scrap that truly values safety, security and quality service.  We’re here, we’re certified and we love what we do. To learn more, please feel free to call us at 732-564-3110.