Proper disposal of bank statements, personal identification numbers, and other sensitive information requires shredding. The same principle holds true for the disposal of digital data.
For your own personal security, you need to take adequate steps to ensure that no private data remains on your electronic products prior to donation or return to a collection site. Once an electronic item has been delivered to an authorized Encorp Return-It Electronics Collection Site it will not be reused and all items collected will be recycled. When you recycle your unwanted electronics, every effort will be made to ensure the privacy and security of any personal information; however the Return-It system, Encorp and EPRA does not accept any liability for any data that remains on your electronic products.
Pressing the delete key on your computer does not necessarily mean that information on your hard drive is permanently deleted. Traces of documents or files can potentially be recovered unless they are completely rendered unreadable by wiping or destroying the hard-drive. Here are some ways you can protect your data before sending your computer to be recycled.
Publicly available information on data wiping programs is available here but EPRA neither supports nor recommends any of these specific options.
If you want to have your hard drive physically destroyed you can take it to Asset Investment Recovery a division of Procurement and Supply Services, BC Ministry of Labour and Supply Services, who provides this service to the general public. Asset Investment Recovery has two media shredders in Victoria and operates a drop-off location in Surrey.
The hard drives need to be removed from the computer towers before they are brought into the Asset Investment Recovery sites. This is value-add service not paid for by the Return-It Electronics program.