Electronics Recycling Featured at BBB “Secure Your ID” Event

October 03, 2013

Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org) serving EasternNorth Carolina announces today that electronics recycler GEEP willparticipate in “Secure Your ID” Day, Saturday, October 19, 2013. The identityprotection and recycling event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. atCoastal Federal Credit Union headquarters (1000 St. Albans Drive) and ExecutiveOffice Suites of Lafayette Village (8480 Honeycutt Rd).

Withidentity fraud on the rise according to Javelin Strategy& Research,used smart phones, tablets and computers are providing thieves easy access topersonal information. These devices contain a lot ofpersonal data including, usernames, passwords, credit card account numbers,addresses, tax records and financial statements. Simply deleting files andbrowsing history does not completely remove this information.

Disposal ofelectronic devices also poses an environmental hazard. The GEEP process ofrecycling exceeds all applicable environmental safety standards to the pointthat the EPA uses GEEP to dispose of its old electronic devices. The companyhas a 99.2 percent landfill-free recycling process breaking electric andelectronic devices down to their base elements of metal and plastics to bemelted and create new products. GEEP even converts the plastics into a fuelused to power some of its facility operations.

“Usedelectronics contain heavy metals and other pollutants that can be released intothe environment and become part of the food and water supply,” says Joe Wood,General Manager GEEP North Carolina. “Electronics need to be processed througha certified recycling center so the hazardous materials can be properly removedand the remaining parts be reduced to their base materials like copper, whitemetals and plastic.”

Individualsare encouraged to bring up to five electric/electronic devices, such ascomputers, cell phones, tablets or TVs, as well as printers, fax machines,vacuums, dvd/cd players, microwaves and toasters or similar products. Thecompany will be providing consumers at the BBB event a receipt of electronicdevices handed over for destruction. This is the third “Secure Your ID” Dayevent in which GEEP participated.