One the biggest challenges for organizations in the digital age is finding smart and creative ways for disposing of used technologies — especially with the never ending stream of data being created on a regular basis.
Wildly enough, a California Berkley Study found that 93 percent of all newly created information stored on planet earth is digital. Each year the amount of digital information across the globe is doubling. This translates to all sorts of disk drives and tape out there jam-packed with data, much of which is governed by various regulatory bodies.
Depending on the regulatory body (HIPPA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), etc.), there are rules surrounding the disposal of tape and disk media. It is important you pay close attention to data disposal regulations, while outlining a plan that will best suit your needs.
The following are some recommendations, we feel you should consider:
First and foremost, we recommend looking into recycling. Sadly enough, a very small percentage of tape is recycled each year (less than 3%). This doesn't make sense on many levels. Having tape removed and physically destroyed can be costly and toxic to the environment.
It can cost between $2 and $5 per tape to have them destroyed, while recycling can be quite be lucrative and is completely secure.
For example, our new and used tape buyback program provides top dollar (up to $50 per used tape) for tape that can be reused by other organizations/individuals.
Data Eradication & Dumping Tape
If you plan to dump data-filled tapes, it is important you think deeply about how you will eradicate all data. In today’s world, one of the worst things you can do is throw used tape into dumpsters. You never know who will gain access to your data.
Also, before getting rid of old tape, you should definitely consider taking an inventory of what is on them. This can be quite time consuming, but you never know what you may be throwing away and how costly lost data can become.
One of the true benefits of our recycling program is that we must completely wipe all tapes clean before we make them available for resale. This translates to huge savings for organizations.
Use Tape Incineration as a Last Resort
We don’t recommend tape incineration for a number of reasons. Yes, it does eradicate all data, but it releases toxins into the environment. It’s often unfortunate because perfectly good tape is incinerated, when it could be reused again.
Want to learn more about tape recycling and data disposal? We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. Drop us an e-mail or a call, and we’ll get you pointed in the very best direction!
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