What Happens to your E-Waste?

Rest assured that any sensitive data on any device to be recycled will be destroyed in accordance with DoD and HIPAA standards. The security of your data is our priority.

We process electronics in two ways. First, our IT experts determine if the device is re-marketable. As part of our commitment to a circular economy we want to refurbish anything we can. By reusing materials ACE Recycling is doing our part to reduce electronic waste and carbon emissions. By 2040 carbon emissions from the production of new electronics will reach 14% of the world’s total carbon emissions.


If the device is re-marketable, data is erased using a software-based method of overwriting data with ones and zeros to destroy all electronic data on a hard disk drive, rendering it unrecoverable.  One overwriting pass is considered to be sufficient for data erasure; however most programs use multiple passes.  The number of passes has become unnecessary with the inclusion of a “verify pass”, that scans for verification of data removal.  Complete data erasure destroys all data, including operating systems. Thus, the data on the hard drive is never accessed during the wiping process.

Data wiping offers an alternative to physical destruction, allowing the hard drive to be reused, reducing electronic waste and carbon emissions.

ACE Recycling adheres to Department of Defense and HIPAA specifications for data erasure.  This is a three-pass overwrite with verification.  According to the National Security Agency data wiped using these standards is “permanently destroyed as to make any type of forensic data recovery impossible”.


If the device is not re-marketable, it is completely disassembled. Each component is then processed differently depending on what it is. Hard drives are physically destroyed or go through the wiping process described above.

Want to see us destroy your hard drive? We can do that. Like we said, your security and privacy is our number one priority.