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?
GreenDisk Recycled Products
What are GreenDisk diskettes?
Are GreenDisks as good as new disks?
How do you guarantee an error-free and
makes your CDRWs recycled?
What makes your jewel cases recycled?
What standards or specifications do
you adhere to?
What kind of guarantee comes with
Where can I purchase GreenDisks?
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
service. There are two different full-service collection box
(a) the Technotrash Can which takes most types of technotrash,
securely destroys content on media, and generates a Certificate of
Destruction to a broad range of consumers from individuals to large
organizations and (b) the eMedia Recycler which takes only media and
their cases, securely destroys content on media, generates a
Certificate of Destruction, and provides an annual Enterprise
Recycling Compliance Report
to satisfy corporate and regulatory requirements. For computer systems and peripherals, we also offer three
options: one for the entire system, one for individual components
and a special program just for laptops. And for larger loads of 150
lbs. or greater, we offer a custom service.
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 or who is in the eMedia Recycler Program..
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 35 pounds, you can
just pay for the additional 5 lbs.
However, if you purchased a Pack-IT Service prior to April 21st, 2016, the label and address
are no longer valid. Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call with your order number and
token number so we can send you a replacement label. If you send a box to the old address,
it will be returned to you.
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
GreenDisk Recycled Products
the same premium quality disks found in retail software packages.
Working with concerned software publishers GreenDisk collects the
outdated and unsold packages that were destined for the landfill,
breaks them down and recycles the paper and plastic components. Then
the disks are erased, formatted, labeled and environmentally
as good as new disks?
They are better.
They have been flight tested by professionals. The word "recycled"
is a bit misleading because GreenDisks have never been in a
computer. They come from overstocks of popular software remaining
when the publisher releases a new version. First, they were
electronically selected by the manufacturer for this demanding job.
Then they were run through the manufacturing process. Then we got
them for you.
How do you
guarantee an error-free and virus-free disk?
First we degauss
(magnetically erase) all our incoming disks. No program, format or
virus can survive this process. Next, our disks are reformatted
using high-speed machines ensuring a formatted disk with no data or
viruses. Then we test each batch of disks using McAfee Virus Scan
and finally we seal GreenDisks into tamper-proof boxes and glue the
cartons and outer boxes shut until
What makes your
GreenDisk CDRW are sold in recycled jewel case which makes up over
80% of the overall content of the finished product. The media used
is brand new so you get the best of both worlds - new disks in
What makes your
jewel cases recycled?
two types of cases for your CDs or DVDs. One is an industry
standard case we get by recycling obsolete software and
non-deliverable music club CDs for the US Postal Service. The CD is
shredded but the case, still in pristine condition, is recovered and
repackaged for your reuse. The other cases are called GreenDisk
SoftShells. They represent GreenDisk’s first effort at
manufacturing a new product using recycled plastics that come from
our own recycling process. These are also available
online through the GreenDisk web store.
or specifications do you adhere to?
products conform to the most stringent of the industry standards as
established by ANSI (The American National Standards Institute).
These are the same standards used by all the top manufacturers such
as Sony, Fuji and 3M.
What kind of
guarantee comes with your products?
We have the same
guarantee on our recycled products as the manufacturers do on their
new products. We will replace any defective product that has not
been abused or damaged and our guarantee extends to the life of the
Where can I
You can buy
GreenDisks either online at GreenDisk’s web store, at specialized
environmental office supply stores or through most major contract
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