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.

To find out more, call Newtech Recycling today at 732-564-3110 or get a free, instant online estimate CLICK HERE.

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.

What is the Best Way to Recycle Your Business Laptops?

By Chris Keenan

When the time arrives to dispose of your company’s old laptops your options can be summarised as follows:
1. recycle your old corporate laptops and save the planet.
2. sell your old business laptops and save some money.
3. donate your old company laptops and save someone else some money.
4. destroy your old work laptops and save your sanity by not worrying about data protection laws.

All four options have their upsides, but listed below is what you can honestly expect from each method of laptop disposal.

Recycling your old business laptops.

Pick up your pickax and dust off your mining equipment because “there’s gold in ‘em’ laptops”! That’s right, your old laptop has gold, silver, copper, aluminum and other such high value metals.  In fact, just about everything in a laptop can be reclaimed, which means the laptop is one of the few consumer electronics that is truly 100% recyclable.

Before you start demanding money from your recycler, you should first understand the process for extracting those prize nuggets of laptop gold.  First, how much gold is actually in a laptop? According to Dell, a laptop computer can contain between $25 and $35 worth of gold.  Here’s the problem: to get the gold you need to dissolve the circuit boards in acid and then extract the gold using a vat of cyanide!  Just in case you’ve never seen a Sherlock Holmes movie, cyanide is so deadly it will kill you in just a few minutes.  After all that nasty business, the metals are then separated using a process of electrolysis, which uses massive amounts of electrical energy.  Taking into account the expense of collection, de-manufacturing and data destruction, that $30 gold nugget doesn’t come close to covering the costs.

Don’t worry, all is not lost. The term used for making recycling profitable goes by the rather fun name of ‘urban mining’.  The only way to make money from urban mining is to recycle thousands upon thousands of laptops at a time.  So, if your company wants to recycle its old laptops then it should do so with the view to saving the planet and not saving a buck or two.  Here’s the good news - Newtech Recycling is one of those ITAD companies that manages to make urban mining work to the point where they will recycle your laptops for free!   So, if you are out to save the planet give them a call on: 732 564 3110.

Selling your old business laptops.

If you have your heart set on making money from your old company laptops then you might want to consider reselling them.  Finding someone to buy old company laptops is relatively easy.  However, before you take the first offer you should know your options and learn the lingo.  First, the two keywords for selling laptops are: refurbished & remarketed. If you want to get as much as possible for your old laptop it might be worth having it refurbished.  A laptop refurbishment might be nothing more than a clean or could be as complex as an upgrade of the OS, adding a new battery and even replacing the hard drive and ram.   In some cases, a well refurbished laptop can increase in their market value by as much as 300%.  This leads us nicely to the second term: “remarketed”.  Remarketing is all about the market you wish to sell your old laptops in.  Some laptop resellers utilize ecommerce platforms, others have their own network of sellers.

Sadly, by the time you’ve factored in the cost of a refurbishment and the reseller's marketing fee’s, your profits from reselling old laptops amount to a rather thin bundle of notes.  By far one of the best approaches is to have a recycler refurbish and remarket your old laptops and use the proceeds to count against any other recycling costs you may have e.g. data destruction (hard drive wipe and shred).  In that way the recycler takes on the burden, leaving you to simply enjoy the profits or savings.  A word of warning.  Laptops are still subject to data protection laws, so it’s probably a good idea to have the hard drives replaced and ensure the old drives are shredded.

Donating your old business laptops.

This may sound a little bit ungrateful, but if you are donating laptops that only have a short life span left in them, you’re effectively giving the charity a disposal problem of their own.  Donating laptops to a charity is a noble thing to do, especially if those laptops are running the latest software, have at least 24 months left in the battery and are WIFI enabled.  However, please remember that even charities have to pay to have their old laptops collected, not to mention data destruction (hard drive shredding) and recycling. If you have your heart set on donating old laptops then it’s usually a good idea to find an e-waste recycler that works especially with charities as they usually bundle into the offer a free recycling deal.  This means that when the day comes and the laptop dies, the charity will not have to pay.

Destroying your old business laptops.

If your old corporate laptops have been used to process, store or carry any form of personal data then you should not take any risks and should have the hard drives destroyed!  The protection of data associated with US citizens is regulated by laws enacted on both the national and the state level.  If an old laptop hard drive is found with personal information that has not been destroyed then at best you could be looking at a fine. At worst it could be time to develop your shivvie / shank making skills as failure to destroy sensitive data can result in a prison sentence.

Most large corporations run a data protection policy that takes no risks.  When old laptops need to be replaced, working or not, they are simply destroyed and the materials recycled.  Remember that a laptop is classified as e-waste so you can’t crush or shred a laptop and then dump it.  A laptop needs to be demanufactured (taken apart and separated into materials), and have its hard drive is removed and shredded.   The shredding ensures that all data, no matter how sensitive or trivial, is permanently destroyed.

Getting professional help.

No matter what you decide to do with your old laptops, Newtech Recycling is able to help.  Dispose of your laptops correctly, ethically and legally, for more information call Newtech today on: 732 564 3110 or visit our website: CLICK HERE

Need to Retire Specialty Equipment?

By Joel Ihnotic

As the years go by and waste streams change, its important that recyclers are flexible and meet the needs of their clients, regardless of industry or equipment they may want to recycle.  The issue is that office managers do not like to work with multiple vendors to handle the array of unused, broken or old equipment that eats up office and facility space.  Pick-up and processing fees can be very expensive, especially if you are paying four or five different "specialty" recyclers or disposal providers.

When looking for a vendor, it is important to find someone who can handle all of your recycling needs and be flexible to offer a solution for disposal of different equipment.  Look no further than Newtech Recycling! We are excited to announce our ability to properly handle "specialty" equipment most businesses wouldn't otherwise know what to do with.  Given our commitment to the recycling industry and our dedication to our clients, expanding our scope of acceptable items is a reality we happily welcome.  As our network of clients such as: medical, pharmaceutical, scientific, engineering and transportation partners grow, so has the demand to evolve and fill this service gap.

Its not just about computers, printers and phones anymore.  We know that almost every medical office has an old X-ray machine or centrifuge that needs to go.  We understand that laboratories can get inundated with "specialty" equipment that has high turnover.  We also know that the engineering and transportation industries experience similar issues with having to safely dispose of equipment that requires stringent tracking and accountability.

As a fully certified recycler, Newtech has taken the proper steps to fulfill and maintain compliance obligations across a wide spectrum.  Whether its HIPAA, SOX, GLBA, FACTA, FISMA, FERPA....etc, our clients are covered.

In addition to comprehensive protection, Newtech services also come complete with another value added bonus.  Each and everyone of our recycling teams provide a White Glove treatment at each service stop.  This means that Newtech personnel handles the physical removal, inventory, palatalization, shrink-wrapping, loading, safe transport, unloading and weighing of all collected equipment.  Relieving our clients of these typically burdening, timely and unsafe steps is always appreciated and we are happy to do it.

Going above and beyond just equipment!  It is important also to know that Newtech offers a Corporate Clean Out program for unwanted furniture, panels, chairs, and miscellaneous items.
Call Newtech today for all of your “Specialty” Needs!  We look forward to exceeding your expectations 732-564-3110.

Where Should You Go to Recycle Company IT Assets?

By Chris Keenan

Can you remember what happened to the IT manager responsible for the disposal of IT assets from the medical insurance company Affinity Health Plan?  Alternatively, can you remember what happened to the IT manager responsible for the disposal of IT assets used by the Police Sex Crimes Division in Buffalo, N.Y.?  If you cannot recall either story then allow me to jog your memory.

A few years ago an investigative journalist went around visiting IT asset recycling companies.  He took with him a wallet stuffed with about $1200 and an IT data security expert. Within a few hours they had purchased 4 retired IT assets that had been used in everyday business activities.

Within a few minutes of getting this hardware home they discovered one IT asset was from the Buffalo, N.Y. Police Sex Crimes Division.  It then took just 30 more minutes to start downloading tens of thousands of police documents.  The results were shocking.  From the sex crimes unit there were domestic violence complaints, a list of wanted sex offenders and even a list of targets of major drug raids.

The story does not end there.  The journalist and his IT security consultant then went on to find a total of 300 pages of individual medical records gathered by Affinity Health Plan, a New York insurance company, on another retired IT asset.  These records included everything from drug prescriptions to blood test results and cancer diagnosis’s.

These discoveries raise two questions.  First, how could the IT managers responsible for this hardware during its working life have allowed this to happen?  Second, how could the IT asset disposal company have sold this hardware with sensitive data still on it?

Could it be that buying old retired hardware is a modern alternative to the old hacker practice of dumpster-diving?

We’ve all heard the terms - AAA, R2:2013, e-Stewards, NAID, HIPAA or ISO 14001 being thrown around like confetti to show how security conscious IT asset management companies are.  But can you really trust any of these badges?  It is a serious question because if you are responsible for disposing of your company’s old IT assets and you make the wrong choice then you could be off to prison.  Seems crazy doesn’t it, but the chain of responsibility ends with you.  That is why you must always ask for your IT recycler to provide you with certification that proves they will correctly dispose of your IT assets.

NewTech Recycling Inc. offers fully itemized audits of the IT assets you want recycled or re-marketed (resold) to ensure that you and your company are protected from prosecution.  Newtech also offer data destruction services that provide the serial numbers of each hard drive destroyed.  The one thing you can be assured of is Newtech’s integrity.  Newtech prides itself on a professional, compliant and supportive turnkey IT asset recycling service.

For more information call: 732-564-3110 or visit: NewtechRecycling.com

How to Recycle Business and Office Computers?

By Chris Keenan

Back in the olden days of the typewriter a middle-sized company could find itself producing tens of thousands of paper documents over the course of a trading year. Accounting reports, receipts and invoices usually needed to be held in storage for years to comply with various laws and regulations. Many other documents also found their way into the archives, such as contracts, letters and even simple memos. These archives would often grow to the point that they needed to be shipped off to warehouses so that the company could continue to do business without employees being impeded by the racks and boxes that housed the historic company records.

Then along came the server and its digital hard drive. A typical modern 1TB hard drive can permanently store 60 million A4 sized letters. If all those documents were printed then you would have a wad of paper more than 4 miles thick. It is no wonder that the business community jumped at the chance to leave behind their costly paper archive storage in favor of a less costly single room in their office filled with servers for digital archive storage.

It seems that we’ve now gone full circle and that many businesses have gone back to using massive warehouses to store their data. The big change is that these warehouses now have racks of servers and hard drive pods instead of racks of boxes filled with paper. It is not known exactly how many servers there are in the world, but data centers range in size from 50,000 servers to as many as 80,000 servers. It’s thought that Google & Facebook alone have millions of servers running 24 hours every day.

Relocating a server room to a shared data center can save a company thousands of dollars. With this saving in mind there are far fewer SME’s today that host servers on their own premises. You might think this move to data centers has drastically reduced the amount of IT hardware used in an office - but you’d be wrong. It turns out the amount of computer equipment used in the work place has continued to increase massively!

The device most frequently found in the office today is the desktop computer. There are over 87 million desktop computers being used by the U.S. workforce right now. Most of these desktops are replaced every 3 to 4 years, which would mean on average more than 50,000 computers, along with their screens, are disposed of every day!

Newtech Recycling is one of the first organizations on the East Coast created specifically to help the business community dispose of their desktop computers. Of course, it’s not just the computer Newtech disposes of. They will manage everything, including the screens and the computer peripherals (e.g. external drives, keyboards, mice, speakers, printers, scanners, racks, etc.).

Over 25 years Newtech has learned many lessons about desktop disposal. They can be summarized in the following 5 pieces of advice for any business choosing to recycle their IT hardware:

• Always have your company hard drives removed and shredded. The liabilities around digital privacy laws are now so high that it’s not worth taking any risks, whether the hard drives have data on them or not.

• After removing and shredding the hard drive, the rest of the desktop should be de-manufactured. It is much more difficult to separate materials from shredded computers with current technology, so choosing de-manufacturing is by far the most ecologically friendly method of recycling.

• Help your recycler as much as possible by sorting cables and computer peripherals into separate boxes. E-waste is managed and sorted by hand, and with 50 thousand computers being scrapped daily any help in organizing the materials before they get to the recycling facility makes the process more effective and efficient.

• If you can afford the service then ask to have your e-waste audited by its serial numbers and instruct your recycler to provide a serialized confirmation of the items recycled. This removes you from the chain of custody and transfers liabilities to the computer recycling company. It is a document that you should keep with other important company records.

• Finally, ask to see copies of the recycler's R2 certification and any ISO or State accreditation. If a recycling company is not certified or unable to provide this level of assurance then don’t use them. You should ensure that your old office computers are recycled correctly, not just for environmental or ethical reasons but also for legal reasons.

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