Columbus Micro Certifications & Compliances:


Once the Release of Liability and Certificate of Destruction are filled out, the 5-step recycling process begins:

  • Step 1: Pickup and Transportation 

                       Columbus Micro will pick up the material on location. A cost is associated with picking up material onsite so please call in advance. If travel is required outside of Ohio, please call our staff to coordinate a pickup.

  • Step 2: Inventory Tracking

                       Record keeping is important to ensure both the customer and Columbus Micro have the correct electronic assets. This information will be used to provide correct credit for collected material. Credit is redeemable in cash or store credit.

Record keeping includes:

        • Equipment type
        • Asset Number
        • Serial Number
  • Step 3: Dismantling/Component Recovery

                       Each unit will be carefully disassembled, and parts will be sorted based upon their recyclable properties and if they contain hazardous properties.

With full compliance from the EPA, clients have the option of receiving a full list for all materials passed through the recycling process.

  • Step 4: Data Destruction (optional)

                       We will erase the data from your drives using one of the methods below.

Method 1: Deletes all data on the drive and sets a file system to prepare an available space for the operating system. Prepares the hard drive to its initial state.

Method 2: Drilling holes in the hard drive platters in such a manner that prevents further access to the platters. The information on the hard drive is destroyed as the platters no longer are whole.

Method 3: Complying with the Department of Defense (DoD) standard of data wiping, Columbus Micro erases all data from the hard drive and restores the hard drive to default factory settings.

Method 4: Chem-Erase uses acid to destroy the hard drive. The most secure and absolute sure method of destroying data. Hard drives are taken from a solid-state to a liquid state and information is absolutely not able to be salvaged.

Data Destruction Fees

Method 1: Formatting Hard Drive (HD) $1.00

Method 2: Physically Drilling Hard Drive $3.00

Method 3: DoD data erasure + transparency report $8.00

Method 4: Chemical dissolving platters of HD $10.00

  • Step 5: Credit

                       The issue of Credit: 

Columbus Micro has developed a set of benchmarks for determining whether or not selected items have value. 

Please keep in mind not all items accepted will qualify for a credit. A credit will depend on many factors of our benchmarks, for example, a working or non-working unit, the condition of each item, the age of the item, quantity, etc.