Power Up the Planet
Both households and businesses have unwanted computers, laptops, printers, monitors and related electronics taking up storage space. These items routinely end up in landfills because people are unaware of proper disposal methods.
So what is Power Up the Planet?
Power Up the Planet (PUP) is a two-pronged initiative. Our recycling program reduces e-waste and its negative impact on our environment, while our reuse and refurbishing efforts give select electronic equipment a new lease on life.
Although PUP accepts all electronics for recycling, we reuse only the following: (2010 or later)
These efforts let us build functional systems, which we then donate to charities and other non-profit organizations. We work to ensure that all materials not suitable for donation are appropriately recycled in a responsible, secure and environmentally friendly manner.
Do you also accept and refurbish hard drives?
We accept hard drives for disposal; however, we refurbish hard drives only with written consent. Instead, we rely on monetary donations to buy low-cost hard drives for the systems we build.
By properly destroying the hard drives we receive, we satisfy our secondary aim of offering secure and accessible disposal options.
Simply deleting files from a hard drive is not enough: deleting files merely makes them inaccessible from the operating system. Our data destruction software overwrites available hard drive space with random data until data can no longer be retrieved. Our staff physically destroy the drives themselves.
Wiping and destroying a hard drive renders data stored on it completely unreadable: the data can no longer be accessed or used for unauthorized purposes. This addresses concerns about data security.
Destruction certificates are available upon request.
So what does it cost?
Unlike other companies that charge a nominal fee to recycle electronics, we will pick up your unwanted electronics free of charge.