How do I arrange for TechnoCycle to pick up and recycle my old computers?
Call us at 713-895-7409 to talk with a recycling consultant and schedule your pickup. We can accommodate your pickup needs whether you’re a single office located in the Houston Metropolitan Area, or you’re a larger business with multiple sites nationwide. Our knowledgeable staff can address your questions about equipment removal, data security, and responsible recycling and provide you with a prompt, competitive quote.
Can I drop off computers and electronics for recycling?
Computer recycling drop-offs are generally free. We do charge for TV’s ($0.25/lb.) and Cathode Ray Tube Displays (CRT @ $10/ea.). If you require additional services such as drive erasure and data destruction, these must be requested in advance and will include a fee payable at the time of drop-off. Please schedule a time during regular business hours (M-F from 8am to 4:30pm) at least 24 hours in advance. Contact us to schedule your drop off.
Do you service areas outside Houston?
Yes, whether you’re a single office located in the Houston Metropolitan Area, or you’re a larger business with multiple sites nationwide, TechnoCycle offers a full suite of turnkey solutions that simplify the job of recycling your end-of-life technology assets. Our team of recycling consultants will work to design a custom recycling solution that meets your unique processing and data security requirements while ensuring the highest standard of environmental compliance. Click here to contact us.
Can you collect from outside the USA?
We do manage the recycling of materials located in international locations on a limited basis, please call us to discuss your particular needs. Click here to contact us
What happens with my data?
Regardless of your business or industry, your data security is our concern. TechnoCycle offers a range of reliable options including on-site or remote Hard-Drive Data Erasure to DOD 5220.22-m standards, mechanical shredding of hard drives and tape media, and erasure or destruction of client data on computers, copiers, printers, networking IT, cell phones and PDA’s.
What do you do with the equipment you collect?
All equipment we receive is either reused, or recycled into commodities (plastic, metal, circuit boards, etc.) and sent for processing by responsible recycling facilities.
Is my electronic waste going to end up in developing countries?
No. As an e-Stewards electronic recycler, we comply with the e-Stewards recycling standard which prohibits the export of e-waste to developing countries. In addition, export of e-waste to developed countries is strictly controlled in conformance with the Amendment to the Basel Convention and other existing laws.
For more details please visit: http://e-stewards.org/certification-overview/program-details.
How much will it cost to recycle equipment?
Our knowledgeable recycling staff will work with you to understand your unique recycling needs and find ways to reduce, or eliminate, the recycling costs with the recycling of your end-of-life equipment. Often times the residual value of your equipment can offset the service costs of recycling your equipment including equipment removal, data erasure, and environmentally compliant disposal.
How do I know when it’s time to redistribute, or redeploy my organization’s technology assets?
Due to the pace of technological advances, the business life cycle of a computer ends long before its true functional end of life. Computers manufactured just three years from now will have four times the processing and memory capacity for the same dollar spent today. In addition, the expense of maintaining computer equipment after its warranty has expired increases dramatically. To remain competitive, it’s a good rule of thumb is to set a budget to upgrade or replace one third of your computers each year so that nothing more than three years old remains deployed within in your organization.
Why shouldn’t I simply redeploy my equipment internally?
You may be able to redeploy older computers in your organization, but maintaining multiple generations of disparate computer equipment can become complex and expensive. In the end, the true costs associated with a “trickle down” internal redeployment can justify the replacement with new machines.
Why not just store my obsolete equipment?
Storage of computer equipment often just defers the final disposal decision of equipment and creates an unneeded liability. The labor costs and facility resources to store equipment and maintain an inventory can be a drain on your company’s IT resources. In addition, idle computer equipment in storage may still contain sensitive data and remain a liability to the company until it is sanitized. Creating a well defined end-of-life computer equipment policy and proactively disposing of end-of-life equipment will help eliminate the costs and liabilities of storing obsolete equipment.
What’s wrong with just formatting the computer’s hard drives?
Formatting is not a secure method of sanitizing data. Consider a large book with a table of contents. “Formatting” the book would only remove the table of contents, leaving all of the data in the chapters intact. A specialist that understands this can usually recover most, if not all, of the information that remains. To properly delete all data on a hard drive, a sanitization software needs to be used that will delete all of the data, page by page, and verify the erasure.
Why bother with disposing of our equipment at all?
Since electronics may contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, there are often local, state, and federal guidelines that regulate the disposal of these electronics. Non-compliance to these standards creates a liability for potential litigation, severe fines, loss of revenue and loss of reputation for your organization.
How does TechnoCycle ensure that I am ‘environmentally compliant?
TechnoCycle is part of an elite group of North American e-Stewards electronic recyclers that uphold the highest standards of environmental responsibility. Compliance to the e-Stewards standard ensures that your company’s information will be properly sanitized and that all your electronics will be disposed of in compliance with local, state, national, and international guidelines.
What kind of equipment will you address?
What documentation is provided to ensure me that everything is done correctly?
For each shipment we provide recycling documentation. This manifest includes a list of all equipment received detailing equipment class, manufacturer, model, serial number, and asset tag (if present). In addition, we track all manifested items received from our customers and record the final disposition and services performed on each item.
What about data security and hard drives?
Data security and sanitization is one of the most important issues companies face today. TechnoCycle performs data sanitization with specialized disk wiping software to ensure proper erasure of your corporate data. Our standard data erasure, which can be performed on-site or off-site, meets Department of Defense 5220.22-m 3-pass standards and completely erases all data from the hard drives. In addition, TechnoCycle can also accommodate on-site and off-site hard drive destruction (drive shredding). Our knowledgeable recycling staff will work with you to understand your unique data security requirements and develop a solution that meets your needs.
What if I have questions?
Please feel free to email us or call 713 895 7409