Technotrash Recycling Services
What exactly is technotrash?
Why should I recycle my technotrash?
What happens to the technotrash?
What services does GreenDisk offer?
What are your standard services?
What is the Enterprise Recycling Compliance Report?
What if my FedEx carrier can not take my Technotrash Can?
Can I drop off materials to be recycled rather than shipping them?
Technotrash Recycling Services
What exactly is
is a relatively new waste stream which includes all the spent
supplies and obsolete accessories associated with your computer.
This waste includes all those computer-related materials which you
no longer need and have stuffed away in drawers, closets, and boxes
in your office, storage room, attic, or in your garage. Old
computers and printers, CD’s, hard drives, Zip disks, floppy disks,
obsolete cell phones, rechargeable batteries, empty printer
cartridges, and all the cables, cords, chips or boards that came
with this once important equipment – this is all technotrash. We
all have this stuff, but most of us just don’t know how to properly
dispose of it.
Why should I
recycle my technotrash?
The other major reason to
recycle your technotrash with GreenDisk is for the protection of
your privacy. Obsolete computers and old media contain massive
amounts of your private and proprietary information. For each of the
last five years identity theft
has been the fastest growing crime in America. In addition, with
the new HIPPA and Sarbanes-Oxley regulations regarding the proper
protection and destruction of private information, there comes a
need to demonstrate compliance with these regulations. Throwing
technotrash into a landfill is just an invitation for trouble.
Many people are
unaware that once you have thrown out any electronic media – hard
drives, floppy disks, CDs, etc. you no longer have a legal
expectation of privacy regarding any data that is on that media.
All of your information legally enters the public domain. Not only
can anyone easily harvest your information from the trash or dump –
but doing so is perfectly legal! When you recycle with GreenDisk
all information on any of your electronic media is destroyed.
Magnetic media (hard drives, floppy disks, Zip disks, computer or
video tape, PDAs, cell phones) are degaussed (magnetically erased)
to destroy every scrap of data. CDs, DVDs and similar plastic media
are shredded. For the Technotrash Can and Computer & Component
Services, we send you a certificate of
destruction supported by an audit trail report that demonstrates
compliance with regulatory requirements, company policies or just
your own personal preferences.
two very important reasons to recycle your technotrash. First is the
environmental factor. Recycling keeps your electronic waste, some
of which contains hazardous material, out of landfills (or your
garage). As we move farther into the information age, the volume of
obsolete computer equipment and supplies is becoming a serious
problem that needs to be dealt with responsibly. Today, over 80% of
technotrash is not being recycled. Some is thrown away, but most
remains unused sitting on desks or taking up storage space.
What happens to the
We use a
network of non-profit organizations to process the material. We
refurbish what we can and recycle the rest. Inkjet cartridges get
remanufactured and, when possible, cell phones and some computers
get refurbished. Material that has no further operating life is
broken down to its smallest components (metals, plastics, etc.) and
used in the manufacturing of new products. Unlike some recycling
companies, almost 100% of the material that GreenDisk collects is reused or
recycled. No hazardous materials or obsolete components go overseas
to be processed or disposed of. For greater detail on the
GreenDisk process and a description of where your technotrash goes,
GreenDisk standard services
enable individuals and organizations to conveniently recycle small
amounts of mixed technotrash including everything from a CD to a
PC. GreenDisk also offers custom solutions for recycling large
amounts of technotrash. The smallest transaction ever processed by
GreenDisk was a single DVD. The largest was 26 train car loads. We
do whatever it takes to make it easy to recycle your technotrash.
We offer two service plan options for recycling your mixed batches
of technotrash: the Full-Service Technotrash Collection Box and the Technotrash Pack-IT
For organizations that recycle a significant amount of technotrash and wish to track the amount
for a variety of internal compliance and marketing reasons, GreenDisk offers the Enterprise Recycling
Compliance Report. Many organizations have multiple sites and need to track how active each site is
during that calendar or fiscal year. Some have internal compliance or reporting requirements. This
report provides a good 3rd party verification of a group's recycling commitment.
In the compliance report, GreenDisk details an organization’s technotrash returns by location
by number of boxes and by weight. The charge for each report is $250. However, it is provided free of charge
annually for any organization that has purchased a total of $1000 or more of technotrash services during
the prior two calendar years.
We accept the following in either the
Technotrash Can or the Pack-IT service:
All forms of
electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs,
CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges,
DAT, DLT and virtually all other type of computer tapes.
Hard drives, Zip and Jaz drives, jump drives, etc.
All forms of printer cartridges including both inkjet
All types of cell phones, pagers, PDAs and their
chargers, cables, and headset accessories
All types of rechargeable batteries (not regular
alkaline ones) and their chargers
All of the small computer accessories such as MP3
players, iPods, digital cameras, hand-held scanners, handheld
games and other connected devices
All of the cords, cables, boards, chips, etc. attached
to or removed from a computer.
We accept the
following in our computer and component recycling program:
processing and shipping of a full computer system - CPU,
monitor, keyboard, mouse, and associated cables. This program
is a two box service. Pack the monitor in one box and the CPU,
keyboard, mouse, etc. in the other. Note that the monitor must
be 17 inches or less.
Component Option: Includes the processing and shipping of a
SINGLE monitor (must be 17 inches or less), CPU (with associated
keyboard, cables, and mice), laptop, or peripheral. Peripheral
devices include printers, fax machines, and scanners.
laptop program makes it easy for you to recycle your old laptop
with certified assurance that the private or proprietary data
will be systematically destroyed. We make sure that your
computer is recycled and that your data is not.
The Technotrash Pack-IT service is self-service. You supply the box and are
responsible for shipping. You just pay for the processing. If you have less than 25 pounds of technotrash,
have your own box, and
you don't mind dealing with the shipping yourself,
the Pack-IT service is likely to be the best choice for you.
The full-service box includes the box, return transportation once the box
is full, secure destruction of the content on any media, recycling
of the media and associated material, and a Certificate of Destruction.
The Technotrash Can, the most common full-service option, allows a
superset of the technotrash the Pack-IT allows. There are two sizes: the Standard and the Tall. The
Full-Service Collection Box is perfect as an ongoing collection box
which encourages recycling as an everyday activity. You can keep the
box for up to three years before sending it back.
You can still send in the amount of material that you originally paid for. So, if you paid for
30 lbs. of recycling initially even if the cost was less than what
GreenDisk charges today, that's still the amount of material you can send in. If you now have 25 pounds, you can
just pay for the additional 5 lbs.
However, if you purchased a Pack-IT Service prior to January 1,2020, the label and address
may no longer valid. Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call with your order number and
token number so we can investigate and send you a replacement label, if necessary. If you send a box to the old address,
it will be returned to you.
We suggest using any scale, such as a bathroom scale, to estimate
the weight of your technotrash. For the Pack-IT Service, an
estimate is sufficient. You will get the exact weight when you
ship your box. If you are over 30 lbs. and underestimated the
weight in your order, simply order Additional Pounds listed on the
Service page. For the full-service boxes, the weight reported does
not need to be exact but it is very important not to exceed the
weight allowance for the box purchased.
Rule of thumb guidelines:
VHS Tapes with paper/cardboard sleeve weigh approximately 1/2
pound. With plastic cases, it's closer to 3/4 pound.
The Tall holds approximately 100 to 110 VHS Tapes. The
Standard holds approximately 60 VHS Tapes.
CDs/DVDs. There are 29-30 to the pound, not including cases.
CDs in jewel cases. There are approximately 5 to the pound (3.1
DVDs in plastic DVD case. There are approximately 4.5 to
the pound (3.5 oz.each)
Audio Cassettes in plastic cases: There are approximately
5 to the pound.
GreenDisk is charged by FedEx based on the weight of the box.
GreenDisk will invoice you for the additional freight charges plus
an administration fee. GreenDisk is also charged a substantial surcharge for any packages that weigh over 50 lbs, and it must pass
this surcharge onto its customers.
The preferred way is to first set up an on-line account and pay by
credit card. GreenDisk accepts Visa, MasterCard and American
Express. For larger or ongoing orders, we gladly accept purchase orders and checks if you use the
form found on the bottom of the ordering page.
There is no minimum order size for regular on-line orders. If you
require a purchase order, however, due to setup costs the minimum
order size is $40. Smaller amounts may be
accepted upon approval by GreenDisk Purchasing.
Everyone who uses a computer or any of the related technology. We
service large organizations in their entirety, departments within
organizations, municipalities, small offices/home offices, and
GreenDisk is unique because we collect a wide range of
technotrash in relatively small amounts. Most ewaste recyclers tend
to take only large amounts of a single sorted item. In addition, we
are the only company to offer all of these key features:
Convenient technotrash pickup. Recycle when you want
without leaving your home or office.
Accountability. You receive an audit report that
confirms compliance with either environmental policies or
privacy requirements when using either the Technotrash Can or
Computer & Component Services.
Security. We securely destroy all information on your
electronic media as a standard part of all of our services.
Environment. According to the EPA ,the plastic in your
technotrash can last for up to 450 years in our nation’s
landfills. At GreenDisk we focus on the reuse of items whenever
possible and then recycle what we cannot refurbish.
You should not
use GreenDisk if there is a local drop-off that legitimately
recycles your equipment. We believe this service should be offered
in your local area to conserve energy and be more cost effective.
Unfortunately, businesses in some local areas have not stepped
forward. So, we started this service at the request of those
who had no local vehicle to recycle their equipment. When you
recycle any hard drives locally (or anywhere for that matter), make
sure you destroy the content first or that the party you give it to
securely destroys them.
The GreenDisk services are available only in the 48 contiguous
states. At this time our services are available only on a limited
basis in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico or other areas outside North
America. Please call us if you would like more information.
Simply go to the Pickup Page on
www.greendisk.com. Enter the token
# and the required fields from your order receipt (this number will
also be on your box). Within minutes your mailing label
with prepaid postage will be delivered to you via email. Just print
out the label and affix it to the back of your box.
Follow the instructions on the email you received with your shipping
label to contact FedEx for pickup.
You actually have three options with
FedEx returns: (1) you can contact FedEx to have them pick up
the box, (2) if you have regular pickup from FedEx Ground, you can
just give them the box, or (3) you can drop your box off at any
FedEx office or location that does FedEx shipping. Just be
sure you've attached your pre-paid FedEx labels to the box in all
situations. Once your materials are fully processed you
will receive a certificate of destruction via email.
We have not had problems with FedEx taking Technotrash Cans.
If this should occur, find out the reason why FedEx will not pick up
your Can, and call GreenDisk Customer Service at 1-800-305-3475.
No. At this time GreenDisk does not have any drop off locations so
all transactions must be done through
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