Berkley, MAData Recycling New England reports today the first deployment of its first onsite hard drive shredding event. Sturdy Memorial Hospital was the first community hospital facility using the new mobile equipment. A truck-mounted Ameri-Shred Hard Drive Shredder Model AMS-300HD with a 1-1/2” width shredding blade, powered by a 10,000-watt generator, as well as a 4G camera and tablet for indoor customer viewing arrived at the Attleboro, Massachusetts location. Within two hours the company documented, verified the serial numbers of each device available, and processed a total of 832 hard drives.

Data Recycling NE Shredder Sturdy Memorial Hospital


“Not bad for a first run,” noted Data Recycling New England company president TC Witherell, who decided to personally run this first operation. “The serial number of every hard drive available is logged, scanned and sent to the client for verification. This assures the highest level of accuracy and accountability, as those that are HIPPA compliant.”

Once the verification process has been cross-checked by the client and Data Recycling, the generator noise signals the start of the shredding process. The camera, securely mounted for complete viewing remotely, guarantees the company a front row seat at a convenient time and location,  Rain, snow, or conflicting business schedules may prohibit close-up viewing outside in real-time, but the event is recorded for posterity, or for proof, as needed.

“We even provide ear buds to offset the loud generator for clients. It’s all included in the cost,” chuckled Witherell.

The onsite hard drive shredding service is free. Hospitals, universities, schools, and various professional service clients – especially those with HIPPA and other highly sensitive data protection concerns – are among those most like to request onsite services. “Some companies still feel compelled to take matters into their own hands, literally, and choose to hammer the hard drive when they are concerned about their information before we shred it. In that case, we suggest drilling a hole instead because it still allows us to capture the serial numbers for them,” notes Mr. Witherell. He added, “it works as long as the drill doesn’t go through the serial barcode. Sometimes, hammering can change the shape of hard drive so that it doesn’t fit properly into the opening slot of the shredder.

This latest benefit offers and added layer of convenience to the company’s repertoire of free electronic waste pick up and recycling services, free, electronic data destruction and free hard drive shredding with Certificates. Additionally, the company accepts and recycles homeowners’ deliveries of e-waste free of charge.

“Going forward, we expect to shred 400-500 hard drives in an hour, which is standard for the equipment, ” notes TC. “Not all businesses require serial numbers to be scanned and verified; some businesses may need only an accurate tally of the number of devices being shredded. Logically, this will take less time in the overall process, from administration to shredding. Either way, we are prepared to manage the specific needs and levels of security our clients need.”