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Destruction means business!

Reprint: Boston Globe
Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

PCS co-owner Lisa Bacewicz with “The Green Monster.”
By Paul E. Kandarian, Globe Correspondent February 15, 2015

Got unwanted high-tech gear laying about, such as old computers, printers, cellphones, and hard drives, and not sure what to do with them? PCS of Massachusetts (PCS MASS), a Weymouth company started in 2005 by Lisa Bacewicz and her husband, Charles, shreds old equipment to recycle the material, and also specializes in data destruction. We talked with Lisa Bacewicz for this story.

Q. Why did you start doing this?

A. We were involved in the resale of old electronic equipment, which was a big industry before 2005. But the industry changed rapidly, and obsolete and surplus equipment doesn’t hold the value it used to. That’s why we went to the next stage of responsible recycling.

Q. What do you do?

A. We’re a certified responsible recycler of all electronic waste, including secure and compliant on-site hard drive and data destruction. We take in e-waste from companies. We bring a shredder on a 26-foot box truck, a big green box we call “The Green Monster.” We take custody of the data and provide a videotaped seven-step destruction process. Anything with encrypted data can be shredded, and we can reduce hard drives to pieces the size of your pinky finger. The metal can be refined into new products. We also have a drop-off at our office for people to drop off office-related waste for free, though there is a charge for computer terminals.

Q. Who are your customers?

A. We work all over New England with hospitals, health care facilities, attorneys, major corporations. Everyone in this day and age with an office will have electronics that eventually become obsolete: phone systems, printers, fax machines, power supplies, cords, batteries. Everything can be destroyed and recycled. Any company with regard for client information or personal information should be reaching out to a certified recycler. Most recently, we earned our R2/RIOS certification from Sustainable Electronics Recycling International.

Q. Why is data destruction important?

A. For years, people lacked understanding of what happens to data on hard drives, tapes, or other memory material. Breaches have brought awareness to the point they’re looking for viable, secure ways to destroy data so it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.

Q. Business is good?

A. Extremely. We’re hiring more people, and by the middle of the year will move to a larger facility on the South Shore.

Paul E. Kandarian can be reached at pkandarian@ aol.com.

NEWS

AT&T Fined $52 Million for Dumping E-Scrap

Telecommunications giant AT&T has reached a $52 million settlement with the state of California for illegally dumping scrap electronics in state landfills.
The settlement was announced on Nov. 20 by California’s attorney general and was described by state officials as their first e-scrap management enforcement action against a telecom company.

“This settlement holds AT&T accountable for unlawfully dumping electronic waste. The illegal disposal of hazardous waste can lead to serious environmental and health risks for California communities. AT&T will be required to implement strict compliance measures at its facilities that set an example for other companies to safeguard our communities against hazardous waste.” The settlement calls for the company to pay $23.8 million in fines.

Please call PCS MASS to discuss Responsible Electronics/Components Recycling and Secure On-Site Hard Drive Data Destruction Solutions!

PCS MASS is R2:2013 Certified!

R2/RIOS™ certification is solely for electronics recyclers to demonstrate to customers that electronics equipment is being recycled with the highest standards for environmental protection, worker health and safety, and data privacy, and facility security. A facility that has invested R2/RIOS™ certification has upgraded to the highest, most responsible standards in recycling.

Green thought for the day: Spring is a great time to start your businesses Spring cleaning and get organized for Summer. This means clearing out all those old PC’s that have accumulated over the past few months. Please call PCS of MA today to discuss “Green” Recycling Solutions and Secure On-Site Hard Drive Data Destruction services!

News: Certification remains a vital issue at ISRI 2014 Convention

There was one overarching focus at this year’s ISRI Convention held in April: customers seeking electronics recycling services likely will be assured by all potential recyclers that their companies are doing things properly.

According to panelists at a session at the 2014 Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI) Convention & Exposition, facility certification provides the necessary verification that can earn the business of these customers.

Lucky for PC Survivors of Mass., we’re on top of every certification we’ll need to do your recycling job properly and safely.

Both panelists at the session were familiar with ISRI’s RIOS (Recycling Industry Operating Standard) certification as well as with R2 (Responsible Recycling Practices) electronics recycling certification as participants whose companies had been through the process. R2/RIOS is one of two focused certification systems available to electronics recyclers. (The other is e-Stewards, created by Seattle-based Basel Action Network [BAN].)

The ISRI 2014 Convention & Exposition was April 6-10 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

If you’re looking for a RELIABLE and RESPONSIBLE asset disposal service, PCS of Massachusetts is ready and willing to help you recycle your electronics and destroy your data.  PC Survivors of Massachusetts, L.L.C.  (R2) Certified,  86 Finnell Drive Unit 6,Weymouth, MA 02188 /Cell: 781-635-6281 /Office: 781-335-1220 / Fax: 781-335-1499 / www.pcsmass.com

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05 2014

Earth Day 2014 is on April 22

Earth Day is celebrated globally this month and there’s a ton of things you can do to show you care about the earth. Check out the full list of Earth Day pledges you can make here.  Properly recycling your e-waste is also a big part of the green push. Did you know that more than 50 million tons of electronic waste (e-waste) is generated each year in the U.S. alone and that only 20-25% of the waste is responsibly recycled?

As a direct consequence, large amounts of hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium leach into our air and water, contaminating our communities. Help end this dangerous practice by pledging to recycle your e-waste in a safe and responsible manner.

If you’re looking for a RELIABLE and RESPONSIBLE asset disposal service, PCS of Massachusetts is ready and willing to help you recycle your electronics and destroy your data.  PC Survivors of Massachusetts, L.L.C.  (R2) Certified,  86 Finnell Drive Unit 6,Weymouth, MA 02188 /Cell: 781-635-6281 /Office: 781-335-1220 / Fax: 781-335-1499 / www.pcsmass.com

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04 2014

News: R2 and BAN clarify stances on CRT management

Recycling industry certification bodies R2 Solutions and Basel Action Network (BAN) released formal clarifications last week on the way certified firms may handle CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) glass.

Issuing a formal rule clarification on March 26, R2 announced board members unanimously moved to ban the use of CRT glass as alternative daily cover (ADC) under the new iteration of the certification. R2 executive director John Lingelbach confirmed there are now no instances in which an R2-certified facility can use CRTs as ADC.

“There are viable downstream options for the subset of CRT glass that top-performing, R2-certified recyclers are processing,” Lingelbach said.

BAN, which administers the e-Stewards certification, issued its own rule clarification today.

Emphasizing the challenges smaller recyclers face in paying for the proper downstream processing of CRT glass, BAN reaffirmed its stance that CRT-to-ADC actions do not constitute recycling but can be “used as a last resort” for disposal by its members.

“We believe that at this juncture where the market is already dangerously constricted, any further prohibitions should only be considered if they are based on sound science and a life-cycle approach examining all significant environmental and social impacts,” the release reads. It also states that the group is engaged in “a science-based review of global CRT management practices” and will be reviewing the definition of “as a last resort” as used in the e-Stewards certification language.

The downstream processor likely to be most affected by R2’s ban on the practice of using CRTs as ADC is Kuusakoski U.S. Through a partnership with Peoria Disposal Company (PDC), Kuusakoski runs a CRT-to-ADC operation in Peoria, Illinois and has hopes to process up to 50,000 tons of glass every year for the next decade.

Kuusakoski’s Philadelphia facility is both R2 and e-Stewards certified. However, the company’s Peoria, Illinois facility, which is actively involved in the ADC operation, is not certified to either standard.

Lingelbach told E-Scrap News R2 Solutions and Kuusakoski held a conference call on Thursday, but he said the certification status of Kuusakoski’s Philadelphia facility was not discussed. Kuusakoski’s Anssi Takala clarified with E-Scrap News its Philadelphia facility can operate as a transfer hub for CRTs bound for Illinois but “our target is that customers with CRT glass or intact CRT devices ship it directly Peoria.”

In addition, Takala told E-Scrap News the recycling firm and PDC “respectfully disagree” with the R2 clarification. “We have shared our concerns with R2 concerning its press release, and have challenged them to provide more information to the public that supports its decision on the viability question,” Takala said. “Furthermore, we have agreed to furnish additional information to R2 on this matter.”

According to a Kuusakoski white paper released last fall, aside from Kuusakoski, there are only three North American final recovery options for U.S. glass in North America. The paper also states annual glass supply far oustrips the industry’s ability to handle the challenging material.

The paper advances the key argument that high levels of lead found in the funnel glass portion of CRTs are essentially locked within the glass by the technology employed by Kuusakoski and PDC, ensuring that it will not leach once used as ADC at landfills.

If you’re looking for a reliable asset disposal service, PCS of Massachusetts is ready and willing to help you recycle your electronics and destroy your data.  PC Survivors of Massachusetts, L.L.C.  (R2) Certified,  86 Finnell Drive Unit 6,Weymouth, MA 02188 /Cell: 781-635-6281 /Office: 781-335-1220 / Fax: 781-335-1499 / www.pcsmass.com

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04 2014

News: Federal Government Hints at E-Scrap Data Disclosure

During a Congressional electronics recycling hearing last week, a government official said federal agencies may soon be required to publicly report how they are disposing of end-of-life electronics, a development that could have significant implications for the data-starved e-scrap industry.

The remarks came from Kevin Kampschroer, a senior sustainability officer at the U.S. General Services Agency (GSA), during a Senate committee meeting that aimed to develop ideas on how the federal government can more effectively recycle end-of-life electronics. The federal government is the nation’s single largest generator of used electronics material.

“GSA, working with other federal agencies, is considering a policy that will include a requirement for agencies to submit data for all disposed electronics,” Kampschroer said in testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. “This data, which could be publicly available on Data.gov, would provide greater transparency into federal agencies’ performance against the goals of the [National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship].”

Though Kampschroer stopped short of outlining the specifics or timeline for such a policy, the mere mention of federal government e-scrap data caught the attention of industry leaders, including one e-scrap executive who was sitting across the room.

Since 2012, federal agencies have followed a GSA policy that encourages reuse of electronics when possible and bans those items from landfills at end-of-life. The policy, which was crafted in response to an executive order from President Obama, directs agencies to route old electronics to e-scrap recycling firms certified to R2 or e-Stewards standards. But no formal process exists to check that the guidelines are actually being followed.

If you’re looking for a reliable asset disposal service, PCS of Massachusetts is ready and willing to help you recycle your electronics and destroy your data.  PC Survivors of Massachusetts, L.L.C.  (R2) Certified,  86 Finnell Drive Unit 6,Weymouth, MA 02188 /Cell: 781-635-6281 /Office: 781-335-1220 / Fax: 781-335-1499 / www.pcsmass.com

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04 2014

How to Find a Responsible Electronic Recycler

With technology often evolving faster than perceived market demand, electronics have officially become the largest growing recyclable material in the U.S., with over 7 million tons of electronics equipment available for recycling each year.

Electronics recyclers must take special care to ensure that any hazardous substances or residues removed during the recycling process (such as batteries, leaded-glass, and mercury) are recovered safely and recycled. Over at Earth911, they’ve got a run down of how to recycle everything from clothes to iPods. Recently, they posted an interesting look at the Electronic Recycling industry.

Electronics Recycling Faces Regulation

As recycling is a business endeavor, these companies must do all this while trying to maximize the profit on what is collected. Herein lies the challenge – the responsible de-manufacturing of electronics costs money.

According to a report from the International Data Corporation, in 2011 the ever-growing electronics recycling industry responsibly processed between three and four million tons of used electronics equipment. However, there is an estimated 7 million tons of electronics equipment (predominately from households) available for recycling, meaning about 3 million tons are still being sent to landfills. To ensure responsible practices are used for disposal as well as  privacy, safety and environmental practice, some states have passed laws to ensure the responsible recycling of used electronics.

Half of all U.S. states now fall under some type of e-cycling or landfill ban. From manufacturer-financed end of life management to mandatory consumer take-back programs, 25 states now have laws on electronics recycling in one form or another: the common driver within each law being the increased recovery and safe recycling of used electronics.

 The Importance of Electronics Certification

A trend on the rise across the industry is the requirement for electronic recyclers to be certified by an accredited third party, which helps them conform the recycling process to a set standard of privacy and environmental compliance.

One such certification on the rise is the R2/ RIOS standard, a dual standard combing the R2 certification with the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS).

PCS of MA has a RIOS Certification pending in the fall of 2014!

The Right Way to Recycle Electronics

As a consumer, there are some important things to know or ask when preparing to recycle your used electronics.

First, are electronics covered in your city collection program? Many municipalities offer electronic recycling pickup or drop-off services as part of residential solid waste programs. If your city does not offer e-cycling, many retailers and independent recyclers can be found with a simple internet search.

Another question to look into is how to prepare your electronics for e-cycling. Many electronic recyclers will guarantee data destruction as part of their services, but others will not, meaning you would want to wipe your hard drive data before turning it over to the facility.

Or you can have PCS of Mass take care of it all for you! Learn more here.

If you’re looking for a reliable asset disposal service, PCS of Massachusetts is ready and willing to help you recycle your electronics and destroy your data.  PC Survivors of Massachusetts, L.L.C.  (R2) Certified,  86 Finnell Drive Unit 6,Weymouth, MA 02188 /Cell: 781-635-6281 /Office: 781-335-1220 / Fax: 781-335-1499 / www.pcsmass.com

 

10 tips to protect yourself against identity theft

With identification theft becoming more common and ID thieves becoming more ingenuous, protecting yourself is more important than ever. Over at AZCentral, Robert Anglen and Russ Wiles compiled a handy list for keeping your private information private.
With identification theft becoming more common and ID thieves becoming more ingenuous, protecting yourself is more important than ever. Over at AZCentral, Robert Anglen and Russ Wiles compiled a handy list for keeping your private information private.- Routinely check credit reports. Look for unauthorized activity or accounts that you did not open.

– Safeguard hard copies of sensitive documents (including those from family members). Shred documents, including bills and payment stubs, before throwing them away. Drop outgoing mail in secure mailboxes only.

Set up automatic transaction alerts on bank and credit-card accounts. That way, you will learn quickly if someone is attempting to use one of your accounts.

Avoid clicking on e-mail attachments from strangers. Phishing scams use unsolicited e-mail messages aimed at encouraging recipients to respond and divulge sensitive information. The messages are becoming more targeted, often involving a reference to somebody you know or an activity you’re engaged in. Phishing scams are also used to plant computer viruses.

Use strong passwords. They should involve a mix of numbers, special characters and both upper- and lowercase letters. Protect smartphones with passwords and anti-virus or malware software.

Don’t provide personal information to telephone solicitors. Phone callers promise trips, computer service or winning prize offers to get you to divulge personal information.

Be cautious with social media. Interactions on Facebook, Twitter and other sites can be used to target you.Seemingly innocent information that consumers or employees post on these websites can provide insights that criminals can then exploit.

Verify information anytime someone asks you to pay them using a wire transfer. Thieves use wire transfers in scams far more often than credit cards.

Protect your computers and laptops. Don’t leave laptops with sensitive customer records unattended. Don’t click on suspicious computer attachments.

Check your children’s credit. ID thefts involving the personal information of children often go undetected for years. Victims might not discover a problem until they are old enough to apply for a car or student loan.

If you’re looking for a reliable asset disposal service, PCS of Massachusetts is ready and willing to help you recycle your electronics and destroy your dataPC Survivors of Massachusetts, L.L.C.  (R2) Certified,  86 Finnell Drive Unit 6,Weymouth, MA 02188 /Cell: 781-635-6281 /Office: 781-335-1220 / Fax: 781-335-1499 / www.pcsmass.com

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12 2013

Data Destruction: Sensitive Documents Dumped

Interesting story out of Atlanta last year, in which hundreds of sensitive documents were found in a dumpster. 11 News has the full story and video, which is also embedded below. But here’s a summary:

A concerned citizen called our newsroom after seeing paperwork blowing out of an open, collapsible dumpster behind First Citizens Bank.

Elizabeth Newsom was walking to a grocery store and said she walked over for a closer look. That just made her angry.

“It’s disgraceful that someone would leave personal information out here for anyone and everyone to look at. What if someone uses it for identity theft?” Newsom said.

The documents appeared to be from a local real estate agency and contained tax ID numbers, along with copies of personal checks with bank account numbers on them.

Turns out, 11 Alive News contacted Atlanta Police and officers appeared within minutes to secure the documents. The name on the dumped real estate signs and most of the paperwork is Dorsey Alston Realtors. According to the story, as the newsteam were making calls about the ditched documents, two men showed up with pickups and took away what was left in the collapsible dumpster.

If you’re looking for a reliable asset disposal service, PCS of Massachusetts is ready and willing to help you recycle your electronics and destroy your data.  Give us a call at (781) 335-1220 or contact us online here

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09 2013

Study: Electronics Recycling Could Produce 42,000 New Jobs Next Year

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According to a report funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the electronic waste in landfills could produce roughly 42,000 new jobs, both directly and indirectly, and almost $800 million in new payroll for Americans next year.

According to a recent release posted on the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, DSM Environmental Services performed a study for the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER) to estimate the number of jobs associated with e-waste recycling in the United States.

Citing the EPA report, DSM found that 1.2 billion pounds of electronics were recycled in 2011, and 4.8 billion pounds of e-waste were generated that year.

 You can find the entire, incredibly comprehensive study here.  Here’s two  little excerpts summarizing what they were looking for, how they looked for it and what they found.

DSM surveyed 21 of 67 CAER members engaged in electronics recycling representing 89 of 163 physical locations. The survey asked for three  critical pieces of information from each company – employment, payroll, and annual throughput for the most recent year, as well as a breakdown of employment and throughput for the different activities undertaken within each facility.

Their conclusion:

Assuming that CAER members processed 1.2 billion pounds of material in 2011, the US EPA funded report suggests that another 3.6 billion pounds of e-waste are being landfilled, processed by other domestic recycling companies or exported. This additional 3.6 billion pounds of e-waste represents a potential
21,000 full time equivalent recycling jobs with a corresponding payroll of $772.9 million. Assuming a typical multiplier of 2, these direct recycling jobs would result in another 21,000 indirect and induced jobs, for a total of 42,000 jobs.

If you’re looking for a reliable asset disposal service, PCS of Massachusetts is ready and willing to help you recycle your electronics and destroy your data.  Give us a call at (781) 335-1220 or contact us online here

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09 2013

Recycling News: NAID to Study Solid State Drive Sanitization

In a recent article on Recycling Today it was announced that starting this week, the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), Phoenix, will begin accepting applications from service providers and software developers that wish to be considered for the applied research study on the efficacy of solid state drive (SSD) sanitization solutions.

Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30. The NAID SSD Research Task Force will then select six applicants to participate in the study.

“The task force has put together a structured methodology for the project,” task force co-chair Angie Singer Keating of Reclamere Inc., Tyrone, Pa., says. “It is designed to test the real-world application of SSD sanitization techniques while rigorously sticking to established research protocols as well as protecting the interests of the participants. The intent of the research is not to validate or approve any proprietary sanitization product or process. The task force will never see the results from any individual participant. Only the participants themselves will see how they stacked up against the aggregated study results.”

According to the article, the organization says it intends to use the findings to refine its position on SSD sanitization as well as to provide guidance to the NAID Certification Rules Committee, NAID staff and consumers. NAID says it will publish the study’s aggregated findings, giving practical and regulatory context to results.

NAID commissioned Dr. Steven Swanson to conduct the research. Swanson has been published among the most referenced studies on SSD sanitization and is considered an expert in the industry, NAID says.

If you’re looking for a reliable asset disposal service, PCS of Massachusetts is ready and willing to help you recycle your electronics and destroy your data

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09 2013