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RESPONSIBLE END OF LIFE HANDLING OF IT ASSETS requires the best expertise in the industry. Since 1991 Kaplan Computers has been providing that expertise with solutions that help customers maximize return and minimize both the data security and environmental risks, which are associated with the disposition of surplus IT assets.

Today more than ever before, corporate America understands the need for professional handling of end of life electronics. Kaplan Computers provides professional, seamless solutions and technologies that allow our clientele to rest assured that their interests are protected and their risks are minimized.

IT Recycling: Everyone's Problem
AN ESTIMATED 50 MILLION COMPUTERS BECOMING OBSOLETE ANNUALLY.

Every day, individuals and organizations dispose of mountains of e-waste, containing hazardous and toxic materials that pose significant environmental risks: CRT monitors with toxic lead oxide that can leach into the ground water; PC-related components & batteries with chromium, nickel, zinc, mercury and other heavy metals; plastic equipment housings that can release dangerous gases if incinerated.

TOSSING YOUR ORGANIZATION’S END-OF-LIFE EQUIPMENT IN THE DUMPSTER IS SIMPLY NOT AN OPTION ANYMORE.

De-manufacturing and legitimate recycling, utilizing an authorized electronics recycler is the only way to ensure compliance with the more than 550 state and federal e-waste laws currently on the books. These laws specify procedures and reporting requirements for any US organization that recycles as little as 220 pounds of e-waste per month. The penalties for improper recycling or inadequate reporting can be severe – up to $32,500 per day. Some alarming statistics from the National Recycling Coalition:

ELECTRONICS ARE THE FASTEST GROWING PART OF THE WORLD’S TRASH PROBLEM

“The keystone of our high tech revolution is rapid innovation which now brings new technologies to market every 18 months. The useful life-span of a personal computer has shrunk from four or five years to two years.”

“Nearly two million tons of used electronics, including computers and televisions, are discarded each year. In addition, an estimated 128 million cell phones are retired from use annually, according to the EPA.”

“The crisis continues to grow. Studies estimate that the number of obsolete computers in the United States will soon be as high as 315 to 680 million units. By the year 2005, one computer will become obsolete for every new computer put on the market.”

“Each computer or television display contains an average of 4 to 8 pounds of lead. The 315 million computers that will become obsolete between 1997 and 2004 contain a total of more than 1.2 billion pounds of lead. Monitor glass contains about 20% lead by weight. When these components are illegally disposed and crushed in landfills, the lead is released into the environment, posing a hazardous legacy for current and future generations.

Consumer electronics already constitute 40% of lead found in landfills. About 70% of the heavy metals, including mercury and other hazardous substances found in electronics can contaminate groundwater and pose other environmental and public health risks.”

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OUR RESPONSIBLE DISPOSITION PRACTICES
CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR END OF LIFE IT ASSETS


ABOUT US

Responsible end of life handling of IT assets requires the best expertise in the industry. Since 1991 Kaplan Computers has been providing that expertise with solutions that help customers maximize return and minimize both the data security and environmental risks, which are associated with the disposition of surplus IT assets.

Today more than ever before, corporate America understands the need for professional handling of end of life electronics. Kaplan Computers provides professional, seamless solutions and technologies that allow our clientele to rest assured that their interests are protected and their risks are minimized.


MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to provide corporations with a complete customized program for outsourcing the management of surplus computer assets, while providing the best return on their investments.

 

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT

Our commitment is to serve our clients with integrity while providing services to protect the ecology through the recycling of surplus electronic assets. Kaplan Computers is committed to continual improvement, prevention of pollution, compliance with relevant environmental legislation, regulations, and conformance to the requirements of federal, state, and local authorities.

Recycling: Facts & Figures

More than 3.2 million tons of electronic waste is laid to rest in U.S. landfills each year.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

The average life span for a common PC manufactured in 2005 is estimated to be two years.

NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL

Every month approximately 100,000 pounds of CDs become outdated, useless, or unwanted.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Every year, 20 to 50 million metric tons of electronic equipment waste (e-waste) are generated worldwide, which could bring serious risks to human health and the environment. Four million computers are discarded annually in China alone.

UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM

Electronics are the fastest-growing portion of America’s trash – with 250 million computers destined to become obsolete by 24 months. More than 3.2 million tons of electronic waste is buried in U.S. landfills each year. The average cathode ray tube inside a PC monitor contains about five pounds of lead oxide powder embedded in the glass. An average sized populated state has an estimated 4.2 million computers in homes and workplaces. That is equivalent to 315,000 tons of solid waste and 26,000 tons of toxic lead.

POLLUTION PREVENTION ASSISTANCE DIVISION STATE OF GEORGIA DNR

Between 1997 and 2007, nearly 500 million computers became obsolete – almost two computers for each person in the United States… Televisions and video and computer monitors use cathode ray tubes (CRTs), which have significant amounts of lead. Printed circuit boards contain primarily plastic and copper, and most have small amounts of chromium, lead solder, nickel, and zinc. In addition, many electronic products have batteries that often contain nickel, cadmium, and other heavy metals.

NATIONAL RECYCLING COALITION

Data Security

A SINGLE DATA SECURITY BREACH HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PUT YOUR ORGANIZATION AT SERIOUS RISK FOR LAWSUITS, FINES, HORRIFIC PUBLICITY, AND DIMINISHED CORPORATE REVENUES.



ORGANIZATIONS TODAY ARE UNDER TREMENDOUS PRESSURE
to protect personal or non-public information that may exist inside IT hardware. Federal regulations like Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLB), Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), Fair & Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA), and Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA), make it absolutely critical that corporate proprietary and clientele confidential information be properly removed from hard drives whenever disposing of surplus or end-of-life IT equipment.

OLD COMPUTERS CONTAIN COMPANY SECRETS AND OFTEN SENSITIVE CLIENT DATA.
Research has shown that conventional manu la erasure techniques at the desktop or in the data center will leave data or software intact on 10-24% of retired systems. Those that have been erased using ordinary “deletion”. FDISK or FORMAT procedures are susceptible to complete reversal. Commercial erasure applications can and do fail from a variety of technical incompatibilities as well as human error. Such failures expose not only proprietary corporate and client date, but also embedded passwords that could compromise network security. The potential civil and criminal liabilities are enormous, not to mention damage to reputation should a loaded hard drive fall into the wrong hands. Your organizations confidential or proprietary data is much too important to entrust to just any IT recycler.

DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE AND MAKE CERTAIN YOUR RECYCLING VENDOR is providing your firm with every consideration when it comes to industry compliancy regarding data eradication and destruction. If for any reason you have doubts and want to mitigate risks once and for all, count on Kaplan Computers E-Waste Recovery Solutions. We will work with you consultatively to provide the appropriate data security solution for your individual project or enterprise-wide program which will meet your unique requirements and protect your organization from the risks and liabilities associated with IT disposal.

KAPLAN COMPUTERS USES A DOD 5220-M APPROVED PROGRAM to completely erase data from the hard drives. Our data destruction service relies on best of breed data wiping software and strong inventory management controls and our processes our NAID AAA CERTIFIED .

E-Waste : Predictions
A UN think tank dedicated to the e-waste problem estimates that the amount of global e-waste will rise from almost 53.9 million tons in 2012 to 73.9 million tons in 2017.  That is nearly 200 times the weight of the Empire State Building.

The US dumped the most in 2012, generating 9.4 million tons followed by China with 7.3 million tons.

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