When you rent a self-storage unit, you can do yourself a favor by getting rid of all your old, unwanted records and digital devices at the same time. Since you are already sorting through what to keep onsite and what to store, it makes sense to also get rid of things you won’t need ever again. After all, why pay to store information you don’t need anymore? And you don’t want confidential information to be taken by thieves, or for recyclable materials to end up in a landfill. Fortunately, an eco-friendly self storage provider can offer a single, reliable source to store your property while securely destroying and recycling all of your unwanted paper and digital media. But how will you know if they’re really eco-friendly? Read more to find out.
Secure destruction of paper documents and files
You need to take just as much care when disposing of old paper documents as you do when storing them—especially if they contain sensitive personal or business information. Many criminals try to commit identity theft or business fraud by stealing tax files, credit card statements and medical records that have been set aside for destruction.
Choose a self storage facility, however, that helps businesses deter thieves by offering drop-off shredding services, making it easy to dispose of your confidential files in a secure way. During the shredding process your paper documents and digital media are reduced to tiny, indistinguishable particles, making it virtually impossible for even the most clever thieves to retrieve your confidential information.
Extra considerations for tapes and hard drives
Even if you’ve deleted the files on your digital media, criminals with the right technology and skills can still extract confidential information from them. As with your paper documents, backup tapes, hard drives, CDs, DVDs, and USB drives should be physically destroyed—not just erased—to ensure that your data can’t be retrieved. Search for a self storage facility that will also destroy unwanted digital media. By using industrial shredding equipment to reduce them to tiny particles, any chance of the data on your digital media being compromised is virtually eliminated.
Free e-waste recycling
Tossing an old computer monitor in the trash is easy, but it has a devastating effect on the environment. According to the Clean Air Council, “electronic waste represents two percent of America’s trash in landfills, but it equals seventy percent of overall toxic waste.” Recycling electronics often involves looking for a local recycler, checking their hours of operation, gathering up your old devices, transporting them, waiting in line, then paying to have them destroyed properly.
However, select self storage facilities can save you this trouble by providing free, drop off e-waste recycling. While you’re transporting items to your storage unit, you just bring along your unwanted digital devices for recycling. It’s a one-stop answer for storage, destruction and recycling.
Also look for a facility that offers lightbulb and battery recycling services.
Re-use of corrugated boxes and cartons
People often end up throwing away bulky storage boxes, even after only one use. Self storage facilities with eco-friendly business practices often enable customers to leave behind empty boxes so other customers can use them. Look for a facility with a “Take a Box, Leave a Box” program; you’ll save time and money, and it’s good for the environment.
The right self storage facility offers much more than secure storage. From canceled checks to a broken television, your disposal needs can be met in a secure and environmentally responsible manner.
Sentry Storage Solutions offers San Diego residents and businesses a secure, reliable, and cost-effective self storage solution. For more information, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.