With identity fraud on the rise according to Javelin Strategy & Research, used smart phones, tablets and computers are providing thieves easy access to personal information. These devices contain a lot of personal data including, usernames, passwords, credit card and account numbers, addresses and even tax records and financial statements. Simply deleting files and browsing history does not completely remove this information.
“Questions about the disposal of used electronics have been at the top of the list at previous Secure Your ID Day events,” says Toby Barfield, president and CEO of BBB serving Eastern North Carolina. “We are pleased that GEEP has offered to partner with BBB to provide free electronics disposal.”
Certified destruction: Data wiping of hard drives is a major concern of companies, since sensitive data is stored on these drives. GEEP responsibly destroys or data wipes the hard drives meeting stringent industry standards. The company has a 99.2 percent landfill-free recycling process breaking electric and electronic devices down to their base elements of metal and plastics to be melted and create new products.
GEEP, which stands for Global Electric Electronic Processing, serves the needs of government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S.P.S and the National Institute of Health. Local companies including Lenovo,
a Lowes Companies and Time Warner Cable also trust GEEP for secure electronics recycling. GEEP operates a secure reuse and destruction facility in RTP with an open door policy for inspection of the recycling process. The company will be providing consumers at the BBB event a receipt of electronic devices handed over for destruction.
Disposal of electronic devices also poses an environmental hazard. The GEEP process of recycling exceeds all applicable environmental safety standards to the point the EPA uses GEEP to dispose of its old electronic devices. GEEP even converts the plastics into a fuel used to power some of its facility operations.
“Used electronics contain heavy metals and other pollutants that can be released into the environment and become part of the food and water supply,” says Joe Wood, general manager GEEP North Carolina. “Electronics need to be processed through a certified recycling center so the hazardous materials can be properly removed and the rest of the materials can be reduced to their base materials like copper, white metals and plastic.”
The Secure Your ID Day event will also include free document shredding by ProShred and identity protection tips from the BBB and Costal Federal Credit Union. Individuals are encouraged to bring up to three boxes or bags of documents that have been removed from binders and up to five electronic devices, such as computers, cell phones or tablets. Additional event information is available at www.easternnc.bbb.org/secure-your-id.