Say you have a bunch of old VHS tapes lying around, on which you’ve recorded various episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.
Or a drawer full of empty CD jewel cases.
A bunch of old Zip disks perhaps?
How 1995 of
All of this junk takes up a lot of space, recycling won’t take the jewel cases, and even though the information is old, there still may be personal information on the zip disks which I wouldn’t want to just toss in the trash.
Enter GreenDisk. For $6.95 per box plus the cost of shipping, you can get rid of 20 pounds of various types of TechnoTrash. If the box is heavier than 20 lbs., you pay an additional $.30 per pound, or you can purchase their Technotrash Can (starting at $29.95) which includes shipping costs.
Here is a complete list of what they will accept:
- All forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape (i.e. VHS), audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes.
- Hard drives, Zip and Jazz drives, jump drives, etc.
- All forms of printer cartridges including both inkjet and toner.
- All types of cell phones, pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cables, and headset accessories
- All types of rechargeable batteries (not regular alkaline ones) and their chargers
- All of the cords, cables, boards, chips, etc. attached to or removed from a computer.
- All of the small computer accessories such as MP3 players, iPods, digital cameras, hand-held scanners, handheld games and other connected devices. (Technotrash Can Only)
- Laptop computers. (Technotrash Can Only)
Regarding the information contained on disks, tapes and such, according to their website:
When you recycle with GreenDisk all information on any of your electronic media is destroyed. Magnetic media (hard drives, floppy disks, Zip disks, computer or video tape, PDAs, cell phones) are degaussed (magnetically erased) to destroy every scrap of data. CDs, DVDs and similar plastic media are shredded. Then, for your records, we send you a certificate of destruction supported by an audit trail report that demonstrates compliance with regulatory requirements, company policies or just your own personal preferences.
While some people may scoff at having to pay anything since the company is making money off the precious metals and other material found in computer equipment, I’m happy to pay the nominal fee to get rid of it in an earth-friendly, responsible way after letting all this stuff accumulate in our house for years now.
Take my TechnoTrash, please!