The hope and good cheer of the holiday season has embraced us, and we eagerly anticipate the good times ahead spent with family and friends, the arrival of Santa, and the hopeful promise of all good things for the New Year! And though we are busy at work and play, we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to acknowledge your support through the past year. We truly appreciate you, and thank you for your business!
If you are in need of an e-waste removal prior to the New Year, please contact Mark Bell at (877) 499-2697 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a pickup date.
In keeping with the holidays, BoxQ offices will be closed the week of December 22nd – December 26th.
We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season!
The BoxQ Crew
Recent research has revealed certain generational disparities when it comes to recycling be it paper, plastics, or electronics recycling. A recent online survey of over 2,000 Americans by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, and conducted by Harris Poll, suggests that certain generations are more ambitious and conscientious about their recycling habits than others.
- The Millennials, aged 18-34, are a generation that has been priding itself on its being “green” conscious but the research has found that they are less likely to recycle anything than the older generations are. Among the Millennials, 33% stated that they regularly recycle while nearly 50% of the over 34 age group said they recycle on a regular basis.
- Even those over the age of 65 tend to recycle as much if not more than their younger counterparts. According to the research, about 55% of those over the age of 65 are doing electronics recycling as well as other types including paper and plastic.
- While recycling is, for the most part, looked upon as the responsible thing to do, the Baby Boomers think that by a wide margin when compared with the Millennials by 61%-53%.
- Electronics recycling has now become an easy way to recycle everything from old cell phones to computers and tablets. What the recent research did uncover was that 65% of everyone polled will be unlikely to recycle if there is no convenient way for them to do so regardless of the type of waste. Electronics recycling is fast becoming the rule rather than the exception as more and more people begin to take their outdated equipment to their local recycling companies.
Not only is your business your livelihood, but your employees also depend on you as well for their security and for the life of their loved ones. Securing you business data needs to be a major priority for your business as does proper secure data destruction protocols.
- Your business data is the very lifeblood of any business yet so many business owners are ignorant with regard to its overall protection. What if your server were hacked? What if your server’s hard drive crashed? What if there is a natural disaster that destroys everything? Can your business survive? Are you prepared to be up and running soon after a disaster?
- Keep your main server in an isolated area of your business. Don’t make it easy for anyone to simply dismantle the server and make a run for it with your hard drive. Your hard drive should be backed up on a regular schedule and the back up data needs to be stored in a safe off site facility. Also, your hard drive needs to be regularly swapped out for a new one and secure data destruction be properly performed on the old one. This will keep you several steps ahead of the bad guys and the natural disasters.
- You must limit who has access to your business data. Too many small businesses allow just about anyone to see and handle their secure data. There can be only a chosen few, if any at all, who can gain regular access to your company’s secure data.
- All of your important documentation related to your business must be safe and located away from the business. The storage facility or containers you use must be both fire proof and water proof.
- Finally, as electronics become obsolete, or an employee leaves, secure data destruction is a must. This can’t be left to you or other amateurs. You need a company that specializes in secure data destruction to ensure that previous information is, indeed, destroyed. Keeping your data safe and secure means keeping your company, and those who depend on you, safe and secure.
It is a busy time of the year for us at BoxQ, as many businesses are looking to clear out their excess computers and electronics before the years end. If you need of an e-waste removal, please contact Mark Bell at 877-499-2697 or via e-mail at email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
A few key dates to remember this month:
Sunday, November 2nd – Daylight Savings begins at 2:00am. Set the clocks back 1 hour.
Tuesday, November 4th – Election Day. Exercise your civic right and vote.
Tuesday, November 11th – Veterans Day. Recognize and honor the men and women of our armed services.
Thursday, November 27th – Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy family, food and football.
Please note that BoxQ will be closed from 1:00pm Wednesday, November 26th thru Sunday, November 30th in observance of the holiday.
We wish all of you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
The BoxQ Crew
The proper disposal of electronic waste has become a global challenge of huge proportions. Recycling used electronics has huge benefits for everyone yet the prevalence of e-waste recycling is far from where many would like to see it be.
- Even though electronic devices are recyclable, only about 15% of the population participates in the proper destruction of recycling of e-waste. Everyday in America, says the EPA, over 400,000 mobile units and over 150,000 computers are discarded and, in general, just end up in landfills and other disposal areas. This is a tremendous amount of e-waste that could be recycled.
- In addition to consumer electronics such as cell phones, tablets, and computers, the EPA also reports that nearly thirty million TV’s are thrown out every year. Only 15%-25% of all e-waste tonnage gets recycled properly every year.
- What can be recovered from a million cell phones? What can be recovered and recycled includes 20,000 pounds of copper, nearly 600 pounds of silver, and around 50 pounds of gold. Over $60 million in silver and gold is simply tossed away into landfills each year.
- Most Americans are spending over a thousand dollars a year in electronics and the average American home contains over 20 electronic devices. On a global scale, nearly two billion devices of an electronic nature are purchased and used every single year.
- The EPA has continually urged the proper disposal of everyone’s e-waste simply to save on the lead exposure. There are huge amounts of lead in electronic devices and the overall health of Americans is being affected when electronic devices are not properly recycled.
The importance of recycling old and used electronics has never been more certain. Bringing your e-waste to a company or facility that specializes in its disposal, ends up a huge win-win situation for everyone.
E-waster recycling has become an important subject recently. With so many electronic devices out there, their proper disposal and recycling possibilities can have many benefits for both the individual and for society at large.
- Nearly 500 million electronic devices are sold in the United States every year and that number continues to soar. This is in addition to the millions of electronic devices that are already out there. E-waste, or end of life electronics, has become a growing concern for many. Proper e-waste recycling seems to be, and will remain, the only effective answer to this growing global problem.
- Recent research has uncovered the fact that nearly 80% of all old and no longer used electronics are just being packed away and stored in people’s homes and in company warehouses. Often the reason for this is that people are unsure as to how to go about proper e-waste recycling.
- E-waste recycling includes all manner of electronics from old and outdated televisions to laptops to tablets to cell phones and i-pods. The latest information from the EPA suggests that only around 2% of all old cell phones undergo e-waste recycling and it is not much higher for computers and TV’s.
- Some of the benefits of e-waste recycling including the recovery of precious metals such as gold plus an opportunity to better prepare and plan solid waste disposal. Solid waste management has seen an unprecedented challenge as some people simply discard their unwanted electronics at waste facilities and dumps.
- Health risk to human populations continues to be a growing crisis. In many underdeveloped countries as well as in those countries with lax or no pollution controls, the highly toxic and hazardous materials that are contained in e-waste poses serious contamination problems in many areas.
With e-waste firms that have highly trained and experienced professionals, e-waste is quickly becoming a manageable situation. Local and state regulations tend to govern the e-waste recycling situation yet half of the states require mandatory recycling. It is important to your possible health and the health of the environment to contact a professional e-waste recycling firm when you are thinking of getting rid of that outdated electronic device.
Protecting your identity gets harder to do in such a wired world as we have today. Information is everywhere and is easily available to experienced hackers. In addition, not every one or every company plans for eventual data destruction. Protecting your valuable data and having effective data destruction plans in place has never been more critical to your overall survival.
- So many large corporations with vulnerable data destruction or data protection plans have seen their security breeched in recent months. Nearly half of all American businesses and companies have had data recently stolen and security experts declare that every business will be a target sooner or later.
- Be wary of people who are hanging closely around you when you are using any manner of data, especially your credit card. They can easily pick up on the numbers as well as your security code PIN.
- Rather than signing the back of your credit card, write on it that a valid ID with photo must be presented at the time of use. This will prevent your card from being used in public should it be stolen. If your data is stolen, however, it will not help you with online purchases.
- You need to buy a shredder and shred any personal documents and bills before you throw them away. Rummaging through people’s tossed trash is one of the major tactics used by identity thieves and hackers.
- Proper data destruction is your only real chance of never having any of your identity stolen. If selling or recycling your electronics, especially your computer, you must seek out a professional data destruction service to insure that your hard drives are properly destroyed.
- Watch your credit card statements to see if there has been any action related to purchases you did not make. Don’t make it easy for thieves and hackers. Stealing your mail is a relatively easy thing to do. Need to mail a bill? Do it at the post office. In addition, check out your credit reports at least once a year. Ideally, you should be checking it on a quarterly basis to check the data.
The proper protection of your data, as well as professional data destruction will be your best bet to keep your identity, and your life, safe from disaster.
Kids are starting back to school, Brady and Company are starting their NFL regular season games (Go Pats!), and Autumn begins on the 23rd, so this must be September! We at BoxQ are starting to gear up for a busy and productive month, and look forward to being of service to you.
With regards to our services, we always strive to maintain the highest standards and professional protocols when processing your excess electronics and also provide exemplary customer service in all facets of our dealings with you. In order for us to continue the level of service you have come to expect from us we have, after careful deliberation, found it necessary to enact a modest increase (effective October 1, 2014) in our truck and labor charge for the first time in over 5 years. We will be contacting you directly during the coming weeks to discuss the price change with you personally. Please contact Mark Bell at (877) 499-2697 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
BoxQ is looking forward to participating in the 3rd Annual “Triton Music Parents Organization (TMPO)” Electronics Recycling Day event to be held Saturday, September 20th at the Triton Regional High School in Byfield, MA. It is a community fundraising event benefiting the music program for the school. Residents from the town and surrounding area drop off their excess electronic equipment and pay the recycling fees, with the proceeds going to TMPO. A wonderful event for a worthwhile cause!
In observance of Labor Day, BoxQ will be closed for business on Monday, September 1st.
We wish all of you a Happy Labor Day weekend!
The BoxQ crew.
There are all sorts of information flying around about secure data destruction and how to properly destroy your private, proprietary, and highly sensitive company information. What most business owners fail to realize is that, due to data remanence, your most classified documents and information are still magnetically attached to your hard drives.
Most companies believe that secure data destruction is as simple a matter as running a refrigerator magnet over the hard drive or grabbing a sledge hammer and having at it. These are serious delusions that could lead to identity theft or absolute catastrophe for any company, especially a small business.
- Server and hard drive thefts have risen over the past several years and operating systems and servers are constantly under attack. Hard drives fare no better especially if those involved believe that secure data destruction has been performed.
- A few years back, a researcher went out and purchased several hard drives out at eBay. What he found astonished him. One drive he bought from a medical facility that thought they had performed secured data destruction. What the researcher found, however, was over 30,000 credit card numbers still attached to the drive.
- Simply trying to destroy a hard drive yourself never works. For secure data destruction, you need to do more than simply delete or erase the information from your drive. Even formatting the hard drive does not remove all of your sensitive and secret information. Experienced hackers can easily access any and all information that you have left behind and erroneously believed had been destroyed.
Secure data destruction needs to be done by experienced professionals. They can help you in countless ways including assisting you with all preparations and security. Don’t leave your company’s, or customer’s, security to chance or to protocols that are simply untrue and do not work.
As the pace of technology continues to accelerate, 2014 promises to be another eventful year for innovations which will have significant impact on our life and lifestyle. As a by-product of these technological advances, there is often times an impact to our environment. New equipment renders the old obsolete, and proper disposal of the old equipment is essential to a healthy environment.
BoxQ is here to help you with your electronic recycling needs. Please contact Mark Bell at (877) 499-2697 or via e-mail at email@example.com to discuss how we can help you with your businesses e-waste.