What Does It Cost To Shred Hard Drives?

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All recycling companies work a little different.

All companies work a little different when it comes to privacy policy. One company, I interviewed, will come to your place of business and inventory your hard drives and take them to their place of business and shred the hard drives. After the hard drives are shredded, they will send you a certificate of destruction. If you have over ten hard drives, they will charge $12 per hard drive. The disks need to be removed prior to pickup. Some shredding companies will charge a much as $50 per hard drive.

The 'NO CHARGE FOR SERVICES' works...

One company, in the Tampa Bay area does not charge for shredding. Urban E Recycling is a recycling company that responsibly disposes computers and other electronics. All the equipment that they handle is disassembled and eventually processed into precious and semiprecious metals. In January of 2016, Urban E Recycling, decided wiping to DoD standards was not good enough. Urban E sold this wiping/erasing machines to a local company that wanted to reuse their disks. 

The ‘NO CHARGE FOR SERVICES’ works because they recycle the end-of-life electronics by  the volume. In other words; they scrap the electronics. Shredding is just a free perk they offer for your electronic scrap.

The other guys chart

“Sorry it’s a little fuzzy. I copied and pasted it from another website.”

Paid or No Charge?

It doesn’t matter if you go with the paid model or the ‘no-charge’ model, as long as you are sure your data is gone – shredded – to absolute non-retrievable status.

So what does it cost to shred hard drives? You pay nothing at Urban E Recycling.

  • 42% of erased hard drives leaves bits of data on hard drives.
  • Shredding is the required standard by NSA and The Department of Defense.
  • Information is non-recoverable after hard drive shredding.

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