How to Protect Your Data Before Recycling Your Computer

At Newtech Recycling, we talk all the time about the great need to recycle your computers and other electronics instead of throwing them away. The reasons come down to environmental protection and data security. On one hand, we all need to do our part in not allowing the heavy metals and other harmful materials that are contained within our electronics to leak into the soil and water at landfills. On the other hand, everyone should be aware that it is in their own best interests to ensure any computer hard drives they recycle have been wiped clean of any and all potentially sensitive data.

You don’t need to be a computer wizard to know how to protect your data. But it pays to know somewhat what you are doing when it comes to e-waste recycling. There are several ways to protect your personal data before your computer actually gets recycled, including by using a data-destruction company such as Newtech.

Let us now detail some methods of keeping your information safe prior to you recycling your computer.

1. Save the Data You Want

Before we discuss actually destroying data, we should remind you of how important it is that you back up the data you want to keep from your hard drive. Think about what the average person’s hard drive usually holds: documents, photos, music files, spreadsheets. These are items you likely want to hold on to. Before you do any electronic recycling in New Jersey, you will want to back that data up. You can save the data to a new computer, external hard drive, flash drive, cloud, or disk.

Burton Kelso with Integral weighed in on this “This may seem obvious or you may think there's nothing you need saved on your old device, but it's better to be safe than sorry, there are plenty of options for backing up information. Many of your devices are automatically backing up your data, if not, now is a good time to turn that feature on.”

2. Start Wiping Information

Now that you have saved all the information you want from your old hard drive, it is time to start wiping the data that’s left, to the best of your abilities. This step is not extremely complicated, but you may have to do some digging. First, sign out of everything that has a saved login. That could include your email, social media accounts, and any other subscription services you own, and erase browser histories and cookies. Basically, make it difficult, if not impossible, for anyone who would access your computer later to log into any of your accounts. While you are at this, don’t forget to have your computer “forget” any paired bluetooth devices. You are looking to erase any signs that you ever owned this device.

Then, you will want to wipe the hard drive itself. You can do this by executing a factory reset. Each type of device has settings whereby you can reset the operating system and choose to wipe or keep files. Since you have already backed up what you need, you will want to reset the device completely so it is fresh and empty, like it is brand new again.

3. Use a Certified E-Waste Recycling Company

Once you have done everything you can do on your end to protect your computer’s data, it is time to call in the professionals. You know you want to dispose of your computer in a responsible way, so that there is no chance the harmful materials inside can get into the environment and pollute the soil and groundwater. In that case, you need a legal and state-approved IT hardware disposal company.

We at Newtech Recycling have been recycling electronics to protect the environment for many years now, but did you know that we also eliminate the data on the hard drives we receive before destroying the drives themselves?

At Newtech Recycling, we take data protection as seriously as environmental safety. You entrust us to dispose of your old electronics completely when you give them to us, and we always strive to deliver what we promise you.

To that end, before we recycle any computer hard drives, we make sure to destroy their data by hitting them with an EMP blast that makes it impossible for the drives to hold any data at all. We then physically shred the drives in an industrial shredder. Just like a paper shredder, our drive shredder literally crushes hard drives into pieces, making it virtually impossible to access them ever again.

Recycle Computers and Corporate E-Waste

Newtech Recycling prides itself on being there for our clients who need to dispose of computers, hard drives, cell phones, and other devices safely and responsibly. When you recycle your corporate e-waste in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania with us, you know your old data will never see the light of day again. You also know that you will not be contributing to the destruction of the environment that is brought on by dumping electronics into landfills. At Newtech Recycling, we enjoy doing our part for the earth every day. We invite you to join us.

Contact us today to get a quote on your e-waste recycling. Let’s change the world together.

How to Recycle Old Electronics

When your older electronics start giving out or you’re just looking for an upgrade, you’re probably focused on what you’ll buy next rather than what you already have. Buying new technology and getting the latest models can be an exciting time. But once you get your new devices, what are you supposed to do with the old ones? Many people aren’t sure what they’re supposed to do with old tech products and they could end up laying around the house collecting dust. 

Recycling tech has become increasingly important not only to protect our landfills from the toxic chemicals that can be used in tech products, but also to repurpose materials we may have a limited supply of. Ajay Kochhar with Li-Cycle is no stranger to tech recycling. “Battery supply constraints are beginning to emerge due to the delay in li-ion production because raw materials are becoming short in supply, which makes recycling critical in order to avoid a supply chain shortage.”

Unfortunately, many of our old devices end up as e-waste as well. These devices are tossed into landfills to waste away and create toxic chemicals that can seep into the soil and endanger the surrounding areas. Because of this, it’s extremely important to learn about how to safely recycle your old electronics. At Newtech Recycling, we can help make sure that everyone in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania has a reliable place to safely recycle their old electronics.  

Do Electronics Need to be Recycled? 

Everyone should be recycling their old electronics. Recycling centers are available all over the country, so there is no reason for harmful e-waste to end up in landfills. For many Americans, recycling isn’t simply a nice thing you can do for the environment. Many states have made it a law to responsibly recycle your old electronics and disposing of them incorrectly could leave you facing a huge fine. This includes not only our tech devices like cell phones and computers, but household appliances like refrigerators and microwaves as well. Even if your state doesn’t require you to recycle your electronics, this is something you should be doing to help prevent more e-waste from entering landfills. Not only is this detrimental for our environment, but it also wastes valuable parts in our devices that could be reused. 

Where Do You Recycle Electronics?

Recycling your old electronics involves a few extra steps than throwing your plastics water bottles in a bin. If you have smaller devices, like laptops and cell phones, that you can easily pick up and put in the car, you can take your electronics straight to your local center to have them take care of it. However, if you have large appliances at home or have multiple devices and appliances in an office space, doing this on your own isn’t always an option. If this is the case for you, there are still ways for you to ensure that you can get your electronics recycled properly. Many recycling centers give you the option to come to wherever you can and pick up your appliances if you’re unable.  


Before you take your electronics anywhere to be recycled, do our research to make sure the place you’re going is reliable and it’s somewhere you can trust that they follow all regulations for recycling electronics. You should also make sure that you’ve saved any important files on your computer somewhere safe so that you don’t lose anything after recycling it. For your protection, have all of your data wiped from your devices before recycling them. 

What if Your Old Electronics Still Work?

Many of us might buy new electronics as a treat when our old ones work perfectly fine. Old electronics are often still in great working condition, so you might not want to take them to be recycled when they’re still usable. If you have electronics that you don’t want but are in good condition, you may be able to donate them. Your local recycling center may take electronics like this and donate them to different charities. If the recycling center near you doesn’t handle donations, you should still be able to find a local charity that is open to receiving electronics as donations. We spoke to Daniel W. Rasmus with Serious Insights who told us “If they still work but don’t have resale value, I will donate them toThe Boys and Girls Club.” This is just an example of one charity that will accept old electronics but there are a ton more who can utilize your old tech products. 

10 Things You Should Know About Recycling Electronics

Electronics are among some of the worst products to end up in landfills. In the United States, we’ve become one of the largest producers of electronic waste, or e-waste, in the world. This type of waste is incredibly harmful to the environment, not to mention a waste of valuable resources. There are already millions of tons of e-waste in landfills, but we can do something to help keep electronics out by recycling them.

We’re all familiar with the importance of recycling things like single-use plastic, but many aren’t aware of how they recycle more things in their life, like electronics. As electronics become more prevalent, being well-informed is more important now than ever. 

1. What Counts as E-Waste?

Before you recycle anything, you might be wondering if the devices you have would be considered e-waste. Many people know that large appliances, like washing machines, have to be recycled properly, but might not be aware of how many things should be recycled as e-waste. Anything battery-powered, as well as anything that has circuit or electric elements. This could be anything from cellphones to refrigerators. 

2. Where Does E-Waste End Up?

The overwhelming majority of electronics end up in landfills rather than being recycled. In the United States, most of the electronics we send to landfills end up polluting Asian countries. When e-waste does wind up in landfills, it will long outlast us. Many electronic devices will last for over a million years after being thrown away. E-waste also makes up the majority of toxic waste in the world. 

3. Where to Recycle Your Electronics 

If you have electronics you’re planning to get rid of, there are only certain places you can take them to be properly recycled. This isn’t like your normal recyclables where you can simply put them in a bin on the curb to be taken away. You’ll have to find a local electronics recycling center that you know will follow all the guidelines to have them recycled responsibly. If you have large or multiple electronics to be recycled, you might be able to arrange to have your recycling center come to you to have them removed. 

4. Electronics Contain Toxic Chemicals

When you have phones, computers, and other tech products lying around your house, you probably don’t wonder much about what’s in them. Because of this, many people aren’t aware of the alarming amount of toxins their household and business electronics contain. When they’re in our homes and well-taken care of, the elements and chemicals inside of electronics have no threat, it’s only once they waste away in landfill or are incinerated that they become harmful. These toxins can eventually soak into the ground and contaminate nearby water that can be incredibly expensive and difficult to clean up.    

Sarah McConomy with SellCell gave us an example of this. "When electronic waste is improperly disposed of and ends up in landfills it can cause damaging effects to the environment and our health. Cell phones, for instance contain harmful toxins including lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, chlorine and bromine. If disposed of in landfills these toxins can be absorbed into the air, ground and water supply and over time cause harmful effects to the ecosystem and the environment."

5. It Could Be Illegal to Not Recycle Electronics

Some people might think that they’re simply doing the greener thing by recycling their electronics instead of throwing them out. While this takes better care of the environment, it isn’t as optional as some people might think. In certain states, it’s illegal to throw away electronics. If you do throw away your electronics in these states, you could be facing a hefty fine. Even if it isn’t illegal in your state, you should always take the appropriate steps to recycle your electronics. 

6. Some Electronics Might Be Able to Be Donated

If your electronics are still in good shape, but you just wanted an upgrade, you don’t necessarily need to recycle the entire thing. For electronics that are still working like they should, you might be able to donate them for someone else to use. Where you would normally take your electronics to be donated might offer services that can help you donate them. This helps keep more electronics from ending up in landfills and requires less work to have more electronics made. 

7. You Need to Wipe Your Data

Before you recycle any electronics, it’s extremely important that you have any data on your devices wiped. Going through and manually deleting files isn’t enough to ensure that no one can find your personal and private data. Even if your device is no longer usable, your important data can still be extracted. To securely wipe data, you need to bring it to professionals who can handle destroying data before the device is recycled. Whether they’re being donated or recycled, keep yourself or your business safe and secure by ensuring nothing is left on your electronics. 

8. Find a Way to Save Important Files

The last thing you want is to get rid of a device and realize days, weeks, or months later that you left something important on it with no backup. You can use whatever your preferred way of backing up your files is, whether it be saving it right to the cloud or transferring it to a physical drive. Before recycling your old electronics, make sure you go through them thoroughly to save any information you have on it, like music, pictures, documents, and contacts. 

9. What Recycled Electronics Can Be Turned Into

The electronics we use on a daily basis contain expensive elements and components that we might not realize are there. Obviously, most electronics have plastic and glass that we’re already familiar with being recycled, but did you know they might also have elements like silver and gold?  Because of this, recycled electronics can be later be turned into a number of different items, including being used to create new electronics. Not only that but many times you can actually make money on recycling tech and use that toward the purchase of something new. We spoke with Joanie Demer, co-founder of The Krazy Coupon Lady, who told us how she uses the money from her recycled tech to purchase new tech. "One of the great benefits of recycling tech is that it can save you money on new tech."

10. Do You Have to Pay?

Like the recycling you have for your home or business, you’ll also have to pay a small fee most of the time when you recycle electronics. Properly recycling the components of electronics and ensuring they don’t end up in landfills is an expensive task, so it's often necessary to pay for these services. When it comes to reducing the amount of e-waste polluting our environment, the cost to recycle is more than worth it. The cost of having your old electronics recycled is also far less than a fine you’d get for disposing of them incorrectly. 

Don't Throw Out Your Old TV—Do This Instead

There are hundreds of millions of televisions in households across the United States. Many of these are actively used, but others are obsolete models that people do not need or want anymore. The question for the owners of those TVs then becomes: what to do with these old televisions? Aside from keeping them in their homes for years beyond their useful lives, people unfortunately throw out their old TVs along with the regular trash in dumpsters. They also illegally dump them on the side of the road or elsewhere.

Whether you throw out your old TVs or dump them anywhere at all, the fact is that you are harming the environment. You might wonder how this is possible. Televisions, especially older models, contain heavy metals that can leach into soil and groundwater and pollute ecosystems nearby.

It is for this reason that we at Newtech Recycling are so enthusiastic about electronic recycling in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. We know that what we do every day helps keep the environment clean for future generations. We are also experts in our industry, and we feel it is our responsibility to apply our knowledge for the betterment of our part of the planet.

Allow us to demonstrate a bit about what we mean. Why should you recycle your old TV sets? Let’s learn about it.

Old TV Disposal: Landfill or Recycle?

If you have never researched the life cycle of a television set or other types of large electronics, you might find it interesting to know what happens to TVs after they have outlived their use. The fate of televisions is really up to their owners, of course, so we will discuss both the landfill and e-waste recycling scenarios to leave nothing unexplained.

What if You Throw Your Televisions Away?

Throwing away your old televisions will sentence them to the destination of most other garbage: the landfill. Let us then detail what landfills are and what happens to trash there.

Landfills are sites where large amounts of trash are physically compacted and stored. Most municipal solid waste--the kind that is collected curbside from households and dumpsters across the country--is first placed on an area of ground lined with clay and a thin sheet of plastic. The waste is packed into hills as tightly as possible. When an area of a landfill can hold no more waste, the hills are sealed off from the air with clay and another plastic sheet. This is then covered with dirt and vegetation. In newer landfills, the dirty fluids called leachate that seep out of the trash--particularly from e-waste--are collected in pipes and handled as wastewater.

However, the garbage in older landfills is not quarantined from the environment. That is because  leachate can flow directly into the earth due to the absence of those clay and plastic liners.

Why is this a problem, as in the case of old televisions? It is because televisions produce leachate composed of multiple heavy metals that severely pollute the earth when they break down out of the devices and enter the ground. Depending on the age of the TV, those metals can include cadmium, lead, and mercury. Human or animal exposure to these metals--from polluted groundwater, for instance--has been linked to the development of cancer.

Landfills are not inherently bad; after all, our garbage has to go somewhere. The problem lies in what we choose to place in those landfills. As an alternative to throwing old TVs into landfills and harming the environment, Newtech Recycling suggests recycling your old TV with us!

How is this a better option? Let’s explain.

What if You Recycle Your Television?

Recycling your televisions with one of the electronic recycling companies in your general area is a much better choice because those entities know how to remove the harmful materials in your e-waste before disposing of the rest.

At Newtech Recycling’s facility in New Jersey, we operate equipment that safely separates heavy metals from the rest of a television. We then organize all the materials that we pull out of those devices so we know what we have--from aluminum to glass to copper and so on. Any safe materials we derive from your old electronics are returned back to the raw-goods market, where they are recycled to be used again in production. We then dispose of the harmful metals and other elements safely so they cannot be released into the environment. Our electronic recycling process is immediately more attractive than casting old TVs into landfills only to watch them leach metals into the ground.

On top of that, Newtech Recycling also likes to make your e-waste recycling convenient for you. If you have a collection of old TVs in your home or office that you need to get rid of, we can come to you to pick them up and bring them to our recycling facility.

We have the means to recycle your e-waste, and you will have the peace of mind knowing that you disposed of your old televisions and other electronics responsibly. Furthermore, when you recycle, you guarantee your TV’s parts will be salvaged and eventually reused in other electronics, thereby helping to save resources all around.

Kenny Trinh with NetBook News told us all about the importance of recycling or reusing old electronics. He told us, "It’s best to give new uses to your old tech waste rather than letting them rot in a landfill."

TV Recycling in New Jersey and Beyond

Newtech Recycling is a leading e-waste recycling company in New Jersey and the Tri-state area. We do our part to reduce e-waste being dumped into landfills. That is our mission, and it is what drives us.

When it comes to TV recycling, you have to consider the environment seriously. Televisions contain heavy metals that have no place in our soil or groundwater. You can help to prevent this kind of pollution by contacting an electronics recycling company to haul away your obsolete TVs and dispose of them properly.

Get in touch with Newtech Recycling today to get a quote on your TV recycling, and help build a better future for us all.

Beyond Expectations

Newtech Recycling’s (All-Inclusive) White Glove Service Package

Do you ever find yourself in the storage closet at work and being overwhelmed by the amount of items
that are unused, out-dated and broken? It’s a common occurrence in businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Most employees seldom have the expertise to determine if it’s time to get rid of something nor do they
have the authority to make such a decision.

Imagine working with a provider that can offer up-to-date suggestions and recommendations pertaining
to your inactive inventory of items. A provider that truly understands the vital necessity of space,
organization and revenue opportunities. That’s just one part of Newtech’s recently enhanced service
package that’s working to distance them from their competition.

At Newtech Recycling, they offer value-added services like these at every visit. Their multi-faceted
teams of experts completely understand the waste versus revenue challenges that firms face every year.
They know exactly what to recommend and how to guide businesses accordingly. Newtech Recycling
confronts these storage room dilemmas every day and nothing is beyond their scope of expertise.

Let’s face it, most e-waste pick-ups in today’s world consist of fly-by-night operations that source the
cheapest logistics providers to haul-a-way only a certain category of electronics. Companies often find
themselves at the mercy of lengthy lead and arrival times. These time-crunched haulers then simply
back up to dock doors and load equipment that had to be cautiously recorded, handled and palletized
by company staff.

Not only is Newtech light years different, they are also on a completely separate playing field. First, they
begin by providing free on-site estimates. This allows their clients to fully understand each and every
service option that is available to them. They then customize a service that is specific to their clients’
needs. Whether it’s a full scale corporate clean-out, an on-site hard drive shredding project or a simple
pick-up of an old printer, lab equipment or medical device, you can be assured that Newtech does it all.

Their fully trained and certified recycling teams offer a hands-on approach at every stop. Why should
their business partners have to risk injury, theft and labor hours with tasks that should be conducted by
certified & trained professionals? That’s just who Newtech is and what they excel at. Each member of
their team fully embraces everything that is electronics recycling and their business model is a
framework for a green culture that is clearly evident and second to none.

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!