SecurShred diverts thousands of pounds of toxic waste from landfills every month. We care about our environment and the impact that we have on it, therefore we will pick up your electronic waste or give you the option to ship it to us for proper destruction and recycling. By diverting these electronics materials from the landfill and recycling them back into raw materials we
are working hard to clean up our environment. We securely destroy electronic storage media and responsibly recycle computers and other electronic hardware and components for commercial businesses and consumers on a regular basis. Recycling your electronic waste is the right solution for today and our future.
In most states, laws prevent companies from depositing environmentally harmful computers and electronics into our landfills, however, electronic waste accounts for 70 percent of the overall toxic waste currently found in them. Obsolete computer equipment is the fastest growing component in our landfills and is growing 3x faster then other waste. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s estimates, electronic products constitute 1% of municipal waste, with more than 63 million
computers retired in the U.S. annually. Most electronic waste sits in a store room or closet taking up valuable office space instead of being properly recycled back into its original material for reuse. The average desktop computer contains heavy metals and plastics that may include mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium and lithium – all potentially hazardous to our health. When placed in a landfill, even in small doses, these materials can contaminate soil as
well as drinking water. Here’s a breakdown of what toxic materials are found in an average electronic device.
Computers – Lead is present in CRT computer monitors. Also, there are other toxic elements that you should be aware of when you’re recycling that PC or Mac. Many laptops have a small fluorescent lamp in the screen that contains mercury, a toxic material when inhaled or digested. Mercury is also found in computer circuit boards, along with lead and cadmium. Circuit boards can also include batteries made of mercury, as well as mercury switches.
Cell Phones – While your trusty cell phone may not contain as much toxic material as larger electronic devices, its shelf life is only about 18 months for the average consumer. It’s estimated that there are more than 500 million used cell phones ready for disposal. Cell phone coatings are often made of lead, meaning that if these 500 million cell phones are disposed of in landfills, it will result in 312,000 pounds of lead released. However, possibly the most hazardous component of the cell phone is the battery. Cell phone batteries were originally composed of nickel and cadmium (Ni-Cd batteries). Cadmium is listed as a human carcinogen that causes lung and liver damage. Alternatives contain potentially explosive lithium or toxic lead.
While toxic materials comprise only a small amount of this volume, it doesn’t take much lead or mercury to contaminate an area’s soil or water supply.
SecurShred uses end-of-life recyclers that comply with all State and Federal regulations that will recycle your hardware back into its raw materials for reuse. Our recyclers are located in the US and use a “cradle to grave” tracking system. This assures that the electronic waste does not end up in the hands of other companies, landfills or illegally exported to other nations.
We make it simple for you, which is in turn better for our environment.