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Red Flag Rule
The Red Flags Rule was created by the Federal Trade Commission, along with other government agencies such as the NCUA, to help prevent identity theft.
Identity theft is a form of fraud in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person's identity, typically in order to access resources or obtain credit and other benefits in that person's name. The victim of identity theft (here meaning the person whose identity has been assumed by the identity thief) can suffer adverse consequences if he or she is held accountable for the perpetrator's actions. Organizations and individuals who are duped or defrauded by the identity thief can also suffer adverse consequences and losses, and to that extent are also victims.
Information disposal is no longer a recycling issue, rather it is a compliance issue. Historically, document disposition has often been managed by one’s facilities manager, or purchasing department, but with the increasing number of privacy laws enforced at federal, state and industry levels, it is time to redirect these responsibilities to your legal or risk management officer if you want to stay compliant.
Every privacy law today requires you, as a business leader, to destroy private information prior to disposal. Whether you are talking about HIPAA, PCI, Red Flags Rule or otherwise, you must protect all personal identifiable information.
Why Recycle Electronics?
Electronics contain valuable metals and components that can be used again in another manufacturing process.
Cadmium, hexavalent chromium, mercury, chromium, barium, beryllium and brominated flame-retardant materials are components that can pollute water and air resources without proper disposal or recycling.
Excerpts from Basel Convention November 2009 Press Advisory:
“Hazardous waste is threatening human health and the environment globally. Much of it is being exported to other countries, often to developing nations.”
One of the fastest growing [hazardous] waste streams is e-waste such as computers, television sets and mobile cell phones.
When e-waste crosses borders illegally and is indiscriminately dumped, or dismantled in unsound conditions, serious damage to human health and pollution of water, air and soil is often the result.
Electronic waste is a direct consequence of our ongoing desire to communicate from anywhere, connect more often and compute from home, office or on the road. Add an increasing demand for electronic gaming, higher definition televisions or smart cars and the result is a catastrophic accumulation of e-waste, now and into the future. An ongoing effort to address this exponentially growing problem is essential.
Recycling Electronic Equipment and Machinery
As of 02/06/14, the Diocese of Metuchen uses and recomends ezpcrecyling http://www.ezpcrecycling.com/ for e-waste materials.
Ezpcrecycling picks up and recycles old computer equipment. They accept all computers with or without hard drives. They do ask that the computers have at least a motherboard. They also take hubs, switches, routers, printers, keyboards, mice, servers, monitors, laptops, fax machines, speakers, scanners, docking stations, VCRs, back up batteries, toner cartridges and cables.
There is no charge to pick-up your equipment.
They will also have software to wipe the hard drives in accordance with Department of Defense standards and there is no charge.
Ezpcrecycling will accept full responsibility for all items collected. This responsibility includes the requirement to recycle all items in accordance with EPA guidelines and any other laws or regulations in place at the time of pick-up.
Should you have any questions or requirements please do not hesitate to contact them.