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Data Security: What does it mean to “wipe” data and how secure is it?

Over the past several years, it seems we hear about data security breaches more and more often. When financial institutions get hacked, this is especially alarming.  Our SSN, bank account information, home address, etc., are out there in the hands of individuals that have bad intentions. But as consumers, we give out our information multiple times a day, usually in ways we can’t even imagine. The truth is, most of our information is already out there.  How many passwords do you have saved on your phone and computer? If someone got your phone, could they open a banking app, social media app, Nest thermostat app and be “in” without entering a password? By the way, you should not have your password saved on a banking app on your phone for this very reason.  Take the two extra minutes to enter your password.

What ACE Recycling Does

The industry ACE Recycling is in is called IT Asset Disposition (ITAD). This industry is created around removing data securely, which makes sense considering all the data out there that would rock the world if it got out (think CIA).  More recently, it has become central to the idea of a circular economy and the purpose of disposing of electronic equipment in an environmentally responsible way.  Ensuring toxic materials are disposed of properly, materials are recycled for reuse to reduce the need to extract more is all part of ITAD. 

Environmental Impact

Like most things, electronic disposal and creation is a multi-faceted issue with enough information to write a book on.  Electronics contain many toxic materials, such as arsenic, mercury, and lead. They also contain elements that are not harmful, but the environmental and human cost of the extraction of those materials is steep.  Three of particular importance are cobalt, neodymium, and dysprosium. The latter are rare earth minerals. These are minerals found sporadically within the Earth instead of being found in large seams like coal or copper. Therefore, they not economically exploitable and are rare in any given area.  With the pace of mining these materials accelerating as demand for electronics increases, they become rarer and rarer.

The Human Impact

Cobalt is of particular concern because of the widespread exploitation of the people and the mines’ natural environment. Cobalt is used for various electronics and is a conflict mineral (or conflict resource).  A conflict mineral is a natural resource extracted in a conflict zone that is mined and sold to perpetuate the fighting. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) harbors ⅔ of the world’s cobalt. Many mines in the DRC are small and unregulated, where child labor is widespread. What’s more, the political and ethnic dynamics of the region have resulted in violent armed conflict. This conflict is mostly financially supported by the mining and sale of cobalt.  For every new electronic device we buy, we are, in some way supporting militant groups and child labor.

In addition to this human cost, there is an environmental cost in creating new electronics.  Ten tons of carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere to produce 1 ton of laptops.  By 2040, carbon emissions from the production of electronics will reach 14% of total worldwide emissions. There is 100 times more gold in a ton of mobile devices than in a ton of gold ore.  Extending the life of electronics or harvesting the resources from them is far more sustainable than the current system. Not to mention, it has a more significant economic benefit than throwing them away.

Laws and Standards

Several data protection laws are in place at the Federal level.  The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects your health information, while The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects student education records. The Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communication Privacy Act (ECPA) protects your communications (electronic or on “landlines”).  Each state has laws in place to protect data at the individual and business level as well. In addition to statutes, The Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and various other institutions directly concerned with data security have data destruction standards and policies. However, the go-to industry standard for data erasure is the NIST report Guidelines for Media Sanitization SP 800-88 Rev. 1. This document is written for, and to, the business owner.

Techniques for Data Sanitization/Wiping

Media sanitization/data erasure/data wiping are all the same name for the process of making data on a device unable to be retrieved. The NIST report defines three categories of sanitization: Clear, Purge, and Destroy.  Clearing data is “logical techniques applied to sanitize data in all user-addressable storage locations for protection against simple non-invasive data recovery techniques.” Simply put, restoring your device to factory settings or using on-device standard Read and Write commands would constitute clearing your data.  These techniques can be applied by the average consumer, perhaps with a little help. Purging is “physical or logical techniques that render the Target Data recovery infeasible using state of the art laboratory techniques.” Purging data is what ACE Recycling does through a process explained below. Destroy “renders the Target Data recovery infeasible using state of the art laboratory techniques and results in the subsequent inability to use the media for the storage of data.”  Physical destruction is the result here, removing the device from circulation.

What Wiping Data Means

Imagine a book.  Now imagine erasing every word from the book and writing over the pages with random letters.  If you think of the data stored on a hard drive like the pages of that book, you get an idea of data erasure. The hard drive is “overwritten” with random 1s and 0s (computer language). One overwriting pass “hinders recovery of data even if state-of-the-art laboratory techniques are applied to attempt to retrieve the data”; however, most programs use multiple passes.  The number of passes has become unnecessary with the inclusion of a “verify pass.” The verify pass scans for verification of data removal by selecting random places on the device to “check” for overwriting. According to the National Security Agency, data wiped using these standards is “permanently destroyed as to make any type of forensic data recovery impossible.”  Complete data erasure destroys all data, including operating systems. Your hard drive is never booted. Thus, there is no access to data during the wiping process.

ACE Recycling’s Data Security Procedure

ACE Recycling adheres to the Department of Defense 5220.22-M and HIPAA specifications for data erasure; the foundation of both is the NIST report. We use a three-pass overwrite with verification, completed using the latest version of Active@ KillDisk.  This verification comes in the form of a serialized print out of devices subject to the sanitization process. According to the NIST report, “verifying the selected information sanitization and disposal process is an essential step in maintaining confidentiality.”   In addition to the software verifying the sufficient wipe of your data, we check ourselves. ACE Recycling takes a random sampling of the devices that have gone through the sanitization process. This three-tier system ensures data security, giving our customers peace of mind while keeping the device in circulation.

ACE Recycling Data Security

What is Best for your Organization?

The best way to answer this is to consider the confidentiality level of the information on the device.  In general, if the device is leaving the organization’s control, as it would be if you have ACE Recycling disposition it for you, it should be purged and validated.  Both of which ACE Recycling does. Clear should only be an option if the device is remaining within the organization. Data wiping offers an alternative to physical destruction, allowing the hard drive to remain in circulation, reducing electronic waste and carbon emissions. The NIST report clearly states that “organizations should consider environmental factors” when disposing of electronic waste. For most companies, purge “may be more appropriate than Destroy when factoring in environmental concerns…” 

When to DESTROY

In general, destroy is an option only if the drive is not functioning or physically cannot go through the purge process. According to the NIST report, “The application of Destructive techniques may be the only option when media fails…other clear or purge techniques cannot be effectively applied…or when verification of Clear or Purge methods fails”. ACE Recycling adheres to this statement. Purge and Destroy achieve the same outcome concerning data protection. The main difference is the hard drive is taken out of the circular model when destroyed. In a genuine circular economy, items would be reused, refurbished, repaired, or reduced in consumption before the last resort of destruction. 

ACE Recycling is committed to the security of your data and a circular economy. The NIST Report outlines a path to achieve both. With a focus on reusing as many materials as possible, we help lower technology costs, reduce environmental impacts, and make technology accessible to all.

More Information:

On Conflict Minerals-

http://conflictminerals.org/

https://enoughproject.org/special-topics/progress-and-challenges-conflict-minerals-facts-dodd-frank-1502

Data Erasure-

https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodm/522022M.pdf

https://web.archive.org/web/20160320074045/https://www.nsa.gov/ia/_files/government/MDG/NSA_CSS_Storage_Device_Declassification_Manual.pdf

*Updated 2020

Celebrate the Season with ACE Recycling at the Avondale Winterfest

The City of Avondale will hold its annual Winterfest on Saturday, December 7th from 5 – 8 pm at the Avondale Civic Center’s outdoor amphitheater (11465 W Civic Center Drive, Avondale 85323).  The event is free to attend. 

This is a great way to kickoff the Holiday Season with family and community.  Come see the lights, play in the snow and enjoy good food and sweet treats. There will be rides and Holiday themed activities, including cookie decorating, a Story Time booth and various other activities and crafts, coordinated by WHAM.  The Arizona Coyotes Street Team will be there to cheer you on as you take your best shot on the outdoor street hockey rink. Santa will be joining the festivities and be available to take pictures inside Avondale City Hall.

To top off the evening Mayor Weise, City Council members and Santa will lead a lighting ceremony at 5:55 pm, followed by performances by community groups, including Studio 21 Dance, Luke Air Force Choir and Bravo Dance Family.  The synchronized musical light show will continue throughout the Season for all to enjoy.

ACE Recycling will be set up outside City Hall with information and giveaways.  Stop by to learn more about what we do, shake hands and pick up your Holiday treat.  We look forward to seeing you!

The Winterfest is hosted by the City of Avondale.  Winterfest is sponsored in part by Brookfield/Alamar, T-Mobile, Sam’s Club, APS, West Valley View, and the Avondale Arts Commission.  For more information, visit www.avondaleaz.gov/events or call Avondale Parks & Recreation Department at (623)333-2400. Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/491737911632584/

FIND ALL YOUR HOLIDAY TECH GIFTS IN ONE PLACE, AT GREAT PRICES, WITH EXCELLENT SERVICE

If tech is on your Holiday shopping list, we have you covered. Have a teen that needs a laptop, but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars? Need an upgrade to Windows 10? Want to add a second monitor to make your work more efficient? We can help you with all of this and more.

ACE Recycling is committed to a circular economy.  This means that we refurbish and resell what we can to keep it in circulation.  Our expert tech team is able to repair and refresh laptops and PCs allowing us to sell them to our community at affordable prices.  If tech is on your Holiday shopping list, we have you covered. Have a teen that needs a laptop, but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars?  Need an upgrade to Windows 10? Want to add a second monitor to make your work more efficient? We can help you with all of this and more. What’s more, ACE Recycling will talk to you to understand your particular needs and find what would be best for you, without breaking the bank.  Because we are a small, family owned business we are able to give you personal, honest service that you will not find at a big chain. Help grow your community by shopping local and get a great deal at the same time!

Here’s what we have for sale right now:

Monitors: HDMI ready – $35.00 No HDMI – $30.00

Laptops (all have Windows 10 installed):

HP Probook 450 – i5, 2.2 GHZ, 8GB RAM, 500GB HD – $125.00

Thinkpad – Lenovo E560 – i7, 320 GB HD, 8GB RAM – 15” screen – $200.00

Dell Precision 5510 – i5, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM – $400.00

Dell Latitude 3440 – i5, 160 GB HD, 4GB RAM, 1.6 GHz – $125.00

Lenovo Thinkpad E550 – i7, 160GB HD, 4GB RAM, 2.54GHz – $175.00

Toshiba Satellite – Celeron, 32GB HD, 2GB RAM, 2.16 GHz, Touchscreen – $175.00

Dell Latitude 3470 – i5, 6th Gen, 120 GB HD, 4GB RAM, 2.5GHz – $200.00

Dell XPS 18 – Tablet, Touchscreen, Pentium, 240 GB SSD, 8GB RAM – $275.00

Dell XPS 18 – Tablet, Touchscreen, i3, 240 GB SSD, 8GB RAM – $400.00

Prefer a PC?  We can customize one for your needs.  Whether your a gamer, or just need a PC for everyday tasks, we will meet your needs at a price that fits your budget.

Projectors:

NEC Projector VT695 – $50.00

Benq Digital Projector – W710ST, 100-240 V, 3.5 A, 720 Res, HDMI, S-Video, SD/HDTV signal input, includes cables, remote and manuals – $400.00

Sharp Projector – HDMI, DLP 3-D ready – $75.00

Want more information? Call us @ 623.907.5430, email us @ info@aceewaste.com or stop in 10297 W. Van Buren St., #16, Tolleson, AZ 85353

Looking for something else? Check out our Bonanza Booth

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY TO CELEBRATE CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP AND BUSINESS NAME

ACE Recycling, in partnership with the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate a change of ownership and business name. The ceremony will be on November 1st, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. ACE Recycling is located at 10297 W. Van Buren St., #16, Tolleson, AZ 85353.

October 10, 2019 – Tolleson, AZ – ACE Recycling, in partnership with the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate a change of ownership and business name.  The ceremony will be on November 1st, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  ACE Recycling is located at 10297 W. Van Buren St., #16, Tolleson, AZ 85353.

Businesses and elected officials will join business owners Shelby and John Maguire for the ribbon cutting event.  In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, ACE Recycling will be holding an Electronic Waste Drive.  For a complete list of electronics ACE Recycling accepts, please visit www.aceewaste.com/what-can-be-recycled. There will be a collection drive for the Homeless Youth Connection (www.hycaz.org). The Homeless Youth Connection will be taking donations of $5-10 fast food gift cards and/or $20-25 grocery store gift cards.  The ceremony will take place at 12:00 PM followed by lunch and a tour of the facility.  There will be a raffle and door prizes, along with educational information and networking.

About ACE Recycling:

ACE Recycling provides a cost effective, environmentally responsible solution to the problem of ever increasing electronics in landfills. ACE recycles obsolete and surplus electronic equipment (working and non-working) and is able to reuse, refurbish, recover and recycle virtually all materials creating a surprisingly low cost solution for businesses.  ACE Recycling offers Department of Defense approved & HIPAA compliant data destruction.

ACE Recycling is open for electronic waste drop-off from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday and 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday through a partnership with River Crossing Self Storage and RV.  More information can be found at www.aceewaste.com.

Contact:

Shelby Maguire, owner

623.907.5430/Shelby@aceewaste.com

Recycling Partnership with River Crossing Self Storage and RV: Open Saturdays for Electronic Waste Drop-Off

ACE Recycling is excited to announce that we have partnered with River Crossing Self Storage and RV in Avondale to offer a second drop-off location with Saturday drop-off for your convenience.

ACE Recycling is excited to announce that we have partnered with River Crossing Self Storage and RV in Avondale! This allows ACE to offer a second electronic waste drop-off location. Even more exciting, River Crossing is open on Saturdays for electronic waste drop-off.  River Crossing is open for drop-off, Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Changes to TV Drop-Off at River Crossing

As of January 1st, 2021, River Crossing cannot accept any TVs for electronic waste drop-off. ALL TVs and CRT monitors must be brought to ACE Recycling for disposal. However, flat-screen monitors can still be dropped off at River Crossing for recycling. If you have a CRT TV or monitor, you have a few options for responsible disposal. To learn about those options, please click here.

TV Recycling and Disposal Do's and Don'ts
TV disposal Do’s and Don’ts

Beginning January 1st, 2021, ACE will charge $25 per CRT TV or monitor, $20 per projection TV, and $5 per flatscreen TV. As part of our commitment to our environment, ACE Recycling recycles TVs and CRT monitors responsibly. We ship TVs and CRT monitors to COM2 Recycling in Illinois.

TV Recycling

COM2 is one of only a handful of facilities that recycle TVs in North America. Consequently, ACE Recycling has formed a solid relationship with them, shipping thousands of TVs a year. When ACE Recycling ships out a load of TVs for recycling, we pay the shipping cost, and we pay by-the-pound for the recycling.  ACE and COM2 have to recoup our cost for responsible disposal. As such, TV and CRT monitor recycling is the only thing ACE charges for.

To learn more about TV recycling in the U.S. or find out which type of TV or monitor you have, please read ACE Recycling’s TV Recycling and Disposal article. While it is genuinely our intention to make recycling your electronics as easy and inexpensive as possible, we intend to do the right thing. In this case, doing what is best for our environment comes at a cost. We appreciate your understanding and help in this matter.

TV Recycling and Disposal at ACE Recycling
If landfilled, the heavy metal in CRTs has environmental disaster potential. The heavy metals inside a TV get into the land, water, and air, as they sit in landfills and piles in the desert.  Life does not tolerate heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, and arsenic, even in small quantities. They cause congenital disabilities, directly attack the brain, and ultimately lead to death if enough of the metal is allowed to build up in the body.

Items River Crossing Accepts for Recycling

Aside from TVs and CRT monitors, you can take the same e-waste items to River Crossing Self Storage as you can to ACE Recycling.  Small household appliances should be clean. If you have questions about specific items, call ACE Recycling at 623-907-5430. You can find a complete list of electronics that ACE Recycling accepts here

As part of their concern for our environment, River Crossing accepts expired car seats for recycling. Car seats are recycled through a partnership with KidSafe.

Who is River Crossing?

Managed by the husband and wife team, Harry and Carol Keyes, River Crossing offers various storage space options. There are many options to fit your budget and space requirements. Located at 12100 West Van Buren St., Avondale, AZ 85323, River Crossing Self Storage and RV offers secure, drive up storage. There are month-to-month leases available for flexibility. To ensure the security of your property, the facility is fully fenced and under surveillance. Convenient on-line pay is available, with money down. Carol and Harry offer their customers small business hospitality and top-notch customer service.

River Crossing Self Storage and ACE Recycling have partnered.  River Crossing accepts e-waste drop-off on Saturdays.
Carol and Harry Keyes manage River Crossing Self Storage and RV in Avondale.

ACE is excited about this partnership. We are glad to offer a secondary drop-off location that is open to our customers on Saturdays.  We appreciate River Crossing’s shared concern for our local environment. Through our partnership, ACE and River Crossing are doing what we can to keep toxins out of our landfills. We look forward to a long partnership!

Phoenix has all the ingredients for poor air quality

Residents of Phoenix are all familiar with high ozone alert days.  We have all seen the not-as-witty-as-usual air quality messages on the highway message boards asking us to carpool the next day. The primary pollutant contributing to the bad air quality is ozone. But what is ozone; why does the American Lung Association give Maricopa county a grade F on its State of the Air Report?

High pollution advisory sign on the 101

What is Ozone?

Ozone is O3, or three oxygen atoms bonded together. Energy, in the form of light, electricity, or heat, can break the oxygen bonds. The usual reaction to the discovery that ozone is oxygen is usually, “Oxygen is good, right?”, after all, it is what we breathe.  However, the oxygen we breathe is O2, or two oxygen atoms bonded together.  That one little atom makes a huge difference!  Our bodies cannot use ozone the way our body uses O2 because ozone is the wrong size and has very different properties.  For starters, ozone is a highly reactive oxidant. An oxidative molecule is one that wants to react or break its bonds; we call this a chemical reaction.  If energy (heat, light, electricity) is available, ozone will take it and become something else, giving off a by-product as a result of the reaction.

Air Quality and Our Health

When we breathe in ozone, it causes many adverse side effects because it wants to react with our bodies, such as wheezing and coughing, shortness of breath, lung tissue inflammation, and asthma attacks.  In plants, it affects photosynthesis rates, resulting in reduced crop yield. Ever notice an increase in respiratory irritation/illness when we have stretches of high pollution days? Our lungs are sensitive to disease due to the oxidative nature of the molecule and the fact that cells are sensitive to minimal amounts of it (0.1 ppm). This video helps you visualize what that means: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-to-visualize-one-part-per-million-kim-preshoff-the-ted-ed-community. We are so sensitive to it we can smell it in minimal concentrations.  Everyone knows what rain “smells like,” coming from the midwest this smell triggers a euphoric nostalgia in me. However, very few know that what you are detecting is ozone.  Humans can smell a teaspoon of ozone in the area of an Olympic sized swimming pool. As high energy electrical charges are released as a storm comes in, it forms ozone.  

The recipe for creating Ozone
Ozone is created when UV rays react with oxygen in the air.

The Ozone Layer

The ozone layer is, at its closest, 6 miles above us.  When ozone is ground level and able to be breathed in, it becomes a dangerous pollutant to all life, including plants. Plants make life possible on Earth by providing O2  and glucose, two essential components for life. Low-level ozone or tropospheric ozone is a secondary pollutant. Meaning, it is not directly emitted from a source. Instead, it is the result of chemical reactions between primary pollutants emitted directly from car exhaust and industry and UV rays.  Hydrocarbons, or fossil fuels, and nitrogen oxides (NOX) given off by cars and industry, use the energy in the UV rays to rearrange themselves into ozone. A by-product of this reaction is smog, often seen just at the horizon in Phoenix. Energy hungry ozone also absorbs heat bouncing off Earth and traps it. It is this heat-trapping behavior that classifies ozone as a greenhouse gas. The primary source of low-level ozone is car emissions. Hence the call to drive less from the City of Phoenix.

Air Quality and Geography

Phoenix is the perfect place for high ozone because of three major factors: climate, geographic location, and population.  The more people you have, the more car exhaust and industry you have. Therefore, just generally, there is higher ozone in urban areas than in less populated areas. However, the geography of our beautiful city compounds this.  The Valley of the Sun is just that, a valley. Think of Phoenix as the bottom of the bowl, where you mix your ingredients. The mountains around us are like the sides of the container, keeping the contents trapped within it.  Cloud cover in Phoenix acts as the lid to the bowl, trapping the contents of the bowl. Ozone gets trapped in Phoenix, and the cloudy skies of monsoon trap the ozone.

When the monsoon rains finally come, they help to “clean” the air of the ozone, dissolving it and pulling it down within earth.  The fantastic Phoenix winds also help to clear the ozone from the city. According to U.S. Climate Data, Arizona has 3835 hours of sunshine in a year. That is an unusually high amount of available UV rays to help create ozone. Our beautiful blue skies and sunshine compound our ozone production. Add that to our population size and our geography, and you have the perfect environment for ozone to form and stay. 

Cities Heating Up

But there is still one more factor, the climate coupled with the urban heat island effect seen in all cities generates an enormous amount of heat. Remember that energy-hungry ozone traps heat. Cities are already naturally warmer than the surrounding environment because of all the heat-absorbing concrete and steel. Still, Phoenix is unique because of its desert biome. Phoenix is the 6th hottest city in the world, according to the World Atlas.  Now add in a higher than average amount of ozone that is trapping even more heat. Ozone levels rise as much as 20% when it is hot.  

Pollution on horizon on a poor air quality day in Phoenix
On high pollution days in Phoenix, smog can be seen on the horizon.

The Air Quality Index

When one considers all this, Phoenix seems like an unsafe, perhaps illogical city to live.  Luckily we do have a system in place that allows us to make choices to limit our production of ozone and our exposure to ozone when it is high.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created air quality guidelines for ozone and other air pollutants and made this information available to the public through the Air Quality Index (AQI).  The information contained in the Air Quality Index has been gathered through controlled, replicated scientific study. Learn more about the AQI here: https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=aqibasics.aqi.

When the message board says “carpool tomorrow,” it is based on the AQI and recommendations of the EPA, which are both based on sound, solid science.  Consider carpooling, taking the bus, or the light rail. To avoid exposure, limit time outside. I don’t let my small children out to play on high ozone days. We find things to entertain us inside.  What does worry me is this – I, like many Phoenicians, did not grow up here. Therefore I have not been exposed to high levels of ozone my whole life; my children will be. Hopefully, with everyone’s help, my childrens’ lives will see ever decreasing levels of ozone in the city of their birth, and they will not be exposed to it their whole lives.  So next time you see an alert for a high ozone day, ask a friend to carpool, seriously, do it.

Author’s Note: This was just released August 13, 2019

Air Pollution May Be As Harmful To Your Lungs As Smoking Cigarettes, Study Finds

For More Information:

Meet the Amazing Charlie!!

Meet the amazing Charlie! When you call or email ACE Recycling it is Charlie that is able to answer all your questions. We want to take a minute to introduce her to you, allowing you to put a face to the name.

I have had over 20 years experience with Customer Service from restaurant to receptionist and everything in between. I enjoy making people smile and feel the best way to do that is to provide a hassle-free customer service experience. I’m the Head of Amazingness here at ACE Recycling, from answering the phones and scheduling your pick-ups to wiping hard drives and sending out reports. I enjoy learning new things, which comes in handy when you’re working with computers. In my spare time I enjoy reading books and cooking.

#Circulareconomy

We are all used to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. #reducereuserecycle But to create a truly circular economy, we need to add refurbish, reinvent and repair. ACE Recycling is committed to helping you with every aspect of a #circulareconomy.  

#Reduce – buy less, but also, buy what can be reused.  Our linear economy is based on single use – buy, use, throw way.  The linear model is not #sustainable. One small thing I did was to buy #reusable straws.  

#Reuse – aim for #multipleuse products. I also shop with cloth bags.

#Recycle – #ACERecycling has recycle bins EVERYWHERE!  We are constantly looks for #partnerships to offer more options for recycling more materials.  We currently have a partnership with @resinate for pill bottles and dispensary bottles.  We welcome these partnerships, because our goal is to #keepitoutoflandfills

#Refurbish – our #ITexperts can take two non-working devices and get at least one working again! Electronics are surprisingly easy to up-grade, most people however are intimidated by it.  WE AREN’T!! 

#Repair – think your laptop is a goner? It might not be – bring it to us! AZ Complete PCI can fix just about anything!

#Reinvent – this one is REALLY FUN!  Here are just a few ideas: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=crafts+with+old+keyboards

The Circular Economy Vision
A New Circular Vision for Electronics: Time for a Global Reboot

ACE Recycling: IT Services and Computer Repairs For Business

To achieve our mission of a circular waste model, ACE Recycling offers IT services, recycling, and data destruction.

Who is ACE Recycling?

ACE Recycling is an electronic recycling and repair company serving Arizona. We provide our community with an environmentally responsible option to dispose of electronic equipment.  We accept electronic equipment (working or not working).  ACE Recycling is committed to a circular economy, education, community, and security. In a genuinely circular economy, items would be reused, refurbished or repaired, before the last resort of destruction.  To this end, ACE Recycling offers IT services, computer repair, and low-cost electronics. The circular model for electronics could reduce the costs for consumers by 7% by 2030 and 14% by 2040.  

We are a small, family-owned business that values good-old-fashioned customer service. Run by husband and wife team, John and Shelby Maguire, Our mission is to keep electronic waste out of landfills. With backgrounds in science, education, and IT, John and Shelby bring the tools needed to the table. These tools allow ACE Recycling to offer services spanning the life of your electronic devices.

Community-Centered Approach

ACE Recycling is proud to offer a service that benefits our community as a whole. By taking unwanted and unused electronics, we are keeping them out of our local landfill. When electronics sit in landfills, the toxic heavy metals and flame retardants contained within them leach into our land and water. By reusing and properly recycling electronics, we are doing our part to protect and soil and water for future generations.

In addition, Our IT department can fix and upgrade computers that would otherwise be unused-allowing us to provide our community with affordable technology options. This approach is called a circular waste model and helps the environment and our communities.

ACE provides Recycling and IT services to reduce electronic waste.
ACE provides Recycling and IT services to reduce electronic waste.

Your Sustainability Partner

According to a 2018 Neilsen report, consumers are using their spending power to effect the change they want to see. 85% of respondents between the ages of 21-34 and 79% between the ages of 35-49 say “that it is “extremely” or “very” important that companies implement programs to improve the environment.” ACE Recycling would like to partner with your business to help you achieve your sustainability goals. Together we can help eliminate toxins in our environment and create a successful sustainability program for your company. Our IT services, recycling, and data destruction offers you a complete solution to your technology needs.

IT Services:

Electronic Refurbishing  & Resale–  

Extending the life of electronics or harvesting the resources from them is far more sustainable than the current system, not to mention it has a more substantial economic benefit. For a fraction of the cost of new equipment, ACE Recycling can upgrade your existing computers. Merely changing out the hard drive on your computer can increases speed and performance.

Our IT department can fix and upgrade computers that would otherwise be unused—allowing us to provide our community with affordable technology options.  This approach is called a circular waste model and helps the environment and our communities.
Our IT department can fix and upgrade computers that would otherwise be unused—allowing us to provide our community with affordable technology options. This approach is called a circular waste model and helps the environment and our communities.
Electronic Repair 

Fixing electronics is daunting to most people. However, it is more cost-effective and better for the environment to fix your electronics. Our IT team can fix just about anything. With 20+ years of IT experience, our technicians can troubleshoot over the phone in most cases.

Electronic Equipment Removal and Pick-Up –

ACE will come to your facility and pick up your unwanted/unused electronics AT NO COST TO YOU, with a qualifying load. Our crew will palletize and pack your electronic waste and load it onto a truck. We do the heavy lifting!

Data Destruction and Reporting –

The industry ACE Recycling is in is called IT Asset Disposition (ITAD). The focus of the ITAD industry is the secure removal of data. More recently, it has become central to the idea of a circular economy. The standard for data destruction is set by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report Guidelines for Media Sanitization. According to the National Security Agency (NSA), data wiped using these standards is “permanently destroyed as to make any type of forensic data recovery impossible.”

ACE Recycling adheres to industry specifications to erase data. We use a three-pass overwrite with verification, completed using software.  This verification comes in the form of a serialized print out of devices subject to the sanitization process. When ACE Recycling takes your electronic device, it is never booted up. Complete data erasure destroys all data, including operating systems. What is data wiping, and is it secure?

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Parts Harvesting and Material Recovery –

We dismantle electronics that cannot be repaired or refurbished; this includes harvesting metals and plastics. Our partnerships allow us to recycle virtually all materials. ACE Recycling has close relationships with companies who are experts at harvesting materials for reuse. As part of our mission to protect the environment, ACE Recycling has carefully selected transparent and responsible partners.

Electronic waste is the most significant growing waste stream in the world. Annually electronic waste is worth $62.5 billion, which is more than the GDP of most countries. Unfortunately, only 20% of the electronic waste produced is recycled properly. There is 100 times more gold in a ton of mobile devices than in a ton of gold ore. Extracting those metals is vital to lessening our impact on the environment and ensures future supply.