Why You Shouldn’t Dispose of Hard Drives Yourself
Hard Drive Shredders are Expensive
Hard drive shredders aren’t like your typical paper shredders that can be found at an office supply store. They are industrial shredders, and because of that, they are very expensive pieces of equipment to purchase and operate. These kinds of shredders are also capable of grinding through metal and plastic, which isn’t a typical characteristic of office shredders. With all the hassle of trying to destroy drives yourself with a hammer or purchasing a large, costly machine, in the end it is more convenient to hire a hard drive destruction service. Hiring a company to shred all your drives at once is much more cost effective than purchasing a machine for office use in the end.
Shredding Can Be a Dangerous Process If You’re Not Properly Trained
Hard drive shredding can be dangerous to untrained professionals because it involves handling sharp, jagged pieces of plastic and metal. These fragments of hard drive could cause cuts and puncture wounds if proper safety equipment isn’t worn, and drives can contain toxic materials as well that can be poisonous if inhaled or ingested. It’s safest to leave shredding up to well-trained professionals and avoid injury. Additionally, a hard drive shredding company can keep records of what hard drives are being shredded, and makes sure the entire process is done correctly from start to finish.
Shredding Releases Environmental Contaminants
Hard drives are made up of lots of substances including plastic, aluminum, and sometimes toxic materials, which could harm humans and animals if allowed to enter the ecosystem unchecked. The professionals at PROSHRED® St. Louis know how to properly handle and dispose of scraps without contaminating or polluting our ecosystem. After shredding, all scraps are sent to a local electronic recycling facility, where the materials are salvaged and reused. At PROSHRED® St. Louis, we meet all environmental, safety, and privacy standards set by the government with our hard drive destruction services.