Environmental Protection

IRS Contracts with PC Recycler for Data Destruction

PC Recycler (PCR), a data destruction and electronics recycling firm, will provide data destruction solutions to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The federal agency has amassed 335,000 pieces of electronic data storage devices that need to be destroyed according to NIST Special Publication 800-88 — requiring that all residual magnetic, optical, or electrical representation of data that has been deleted is completely irrecoverable and irretrievable. The contract’s duration is one year from contract start date with an option to extend to a second year.

PCR security technicians have undergone rigorous background investigations through the Personal Identity Verification of Federal Employees and Contractors. PCR has developed a scope of work capable of meeting all the IRS criteria — which includes adhering to government standards. All shredding will be performed on-site at an undisclosed IRS location.

PC Recycler estimates that the devices to be shredded will generate about 100,000 pounds of recyclable material. The metal and plastic scraps of formerly sensitive information will be domestically incinerated or refined in an environmentally sound manner for energy production.

PCR can shred 1,000 pounds of metal or 500 standard hard drives per hour by using a 4,000-pound, dual-shaft shredder. This unit is specifically designed to handle shredding of hard drives, tapes, compact discs, floppy disks, and cell phones.

With its headquarters is in Chantilly, Va., PC Recycler has been a provider of recycling services to large and small corporations, municipalities, and private institutions for five years.

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