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.