Your data is safe when you recycle your computers with Green Star. If functioning, newer-model computers are turned in for recycling, Green Star refurbishes and sells them as a fundraiser. We do this only after obtaining explicit permission from the person donating the items, and all information is wiped from computer hard drives before re-selling them.
We use White Canyon's WipeDrive, the only wiping software in the world that meets NIAP’s EAL4+ security standard and is approved by the U.S. Department of Defense. According to the NSA, data deleted with WipeDrive is “permanently destroyed as to make any type of forensic data recovery impossible.” Refurbished computers can be purchased from Computerwerks or at our monthly E-Recycling Depot collections and other events.
Computers with XP and older operating systems are sorted, packaged, and prepared for shipment to our electronics recycler, Total Reclaim Inc. (TRI). Once they reach Seattle, the items are broken down into their component materials (imagine a gigantic coffee grinder) and prepared for reuse on the commodities markets. The recycling process separates the electronics into their component parts – such as leaded glass, precious metals, non-precious metals, and plastics – and makes these materials available to manufacturers. TRI researches all of their downstream vendors to ensure they are environmentally responsible; the company holds ISO:14001 and E-Stewards - Electronics Recycling certifications for its facilities.