Recycling electronics is a great way to help conserve and reuse valuable resources and materials found in many gadgets, including glass, plastics, and various metals such as copper, gold, palladium, and silver. Many electronics, especially computers and televisions, contain toxic materials such as cadmium, lead, and mercury. Recycling and reusing electronics helps to keep these toxic materials out of our landfills and water supply.
Even more importantly, recycling electronics is a great way to help keep your practice safe and data secure. Many companies, in addition to medical practices, have unused IT equipment in their office with unsecured data-containing electronics. A situation such as this violates numerous federal regulations. Protect your practice as you transition with new equipment and be aware of protecting your data as you choose to recycle.
Instead of tossing your old, unused, or outdated gadgets containing sensitive information to the trash, choose to recycle with a company that is HIPAA compliant and will destroy old data before hauling your supplies away. Having old hard drives destroyed first is imperative when recycling your practice’s old devices.
Keep IT Simple recently spent time learning about data security while recycling. Danny Skinner, owner of Protec Recycling in Birmingham, explained the benefits of electronics recycling as “a two-pronged approach to conserve resources. It recovers valuable materials from electronics to make new, and reduces use of raw elements.”
“In addition to costing less money to reuse than buy new, there are hazardous concerns with harmful chemicals as well as data concerns.”
Protec is a recycling company that abides by Alabama State Laws for electronics recycling, and with HIPAA Compliance.
Skinner elaborates that “at Protec, the majority of our clients are healthcare, financial and legal service providers, and schools. Our model for recycling has a data security focus to better serve clients in industries with privacy law requirements or anyone with sensitive data on their hardware.”
Protec Recycling will come onsite for hard drive deconstruction and shredding. This provides your practice with security in knowing that no piece of equipment or device will leave the premises with still-remaining unsecured data.
Keep your practice safe while recycling electronics. Learn more at www.protecrecycling.com.
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