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To rule out any possibility of data theft, hard drives are fed through a ten-foot-tall shredder at E-World’s Vista plant. “Every single one,” Erie says. “It is a standard operating procedure with us. Some people think that you can wipe the drive with a three-pass or a seven-pass wipe and that you can remove all the information so that it can never be seen again. But whoever came up with that seven-wipe system has the knowledge to come up with a way to get it back.”

It isn’t just computer components that E-World recycles. “No,” Erie says, “on a percentage basis, it is probably 60 percent electronic scrap, 40 percent computer. We recycle everything, from the power cord to the shrink-wrap to the Styrofoam, you name it. There is no trash.”

If you can’t make it to one of its recycling events, E-World (eworldrecyclers.com) accepts electronics at its Vista facility every first Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For those in the central county, Recycle San Diego in Kearny Mesa (recyclesandiego.org) will take your e-waste (for a $5 flat fee) Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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David Dodd Jan. 14, 2009 @ 5:07 p.m.

I had no idea that there was that so gold in the older chips. The place that I used to work for, they threw everything into the dumpster once it got old, but people would come and dive it out before the big trucks came to haul it away.

Another interesting item that is illegal to discard through normal channels: The long, cylindrical florescent lights. People tend to toss them out anyway, but it isn't legal to do so.

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Jane Belanger Jan. 15, 2009 @ 12:14 p.m.

There's a FREE e-waste recycling event on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Country Administration Building (1600 Pacific Highway) from 9am to 1pm. Details on recyclesd.com.

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