THE IT ASSET DISPOSAL &
DATA DESTRUCTION SPECIALISTS
Free, secure collections for IT recycling and Secure and Certified data erasure for individuals, businesses and large-scale projects.
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IT LIFECYCLE SERVICES

We are one of the highest accredited IT Asset Disposal and data destruction providers in the UK

We offer a full cradle to grave service from IT Installation / IT Decommissioning  to Data Shredding Services

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I.T Asset Disposal

Free and secure IT Disposal & Data Erasure, full audit trail and 100% recycled. No landfill. No incineration.

Secure Logistics, Security Cleared Employees, Online Portal Account, and cashback potential on equipment! ALL FOR FREE!

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Data Erasure

Our Certified data erasure guarantees data is destroyed securely

We are audited by ADISA who forensically check our data erasure methods on UNANNOUNCED audits!.

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I.T Asset Management

Our clients come to us because they know that we can take care of the entire IT Asset management process.

Our Services include IT installation services , IT Deployment , Software Deployment services, IT Decommission Services, Data Centre Migrations, IT Disposal , Data Destruction Services and Data Shredding on site and offsite!

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Data Shredding

We can shred any data bearing media onsite and offsite down to 6mm particles!

We offer harddrive shredding , backup tape shredding, data shredding services

What makes the difference?

We are the industry leading ITAD Provider

The Security of your Data is the bedrock of our service.

Take No Risks….

Features Other ITADs GIGACYCLE
Free Collections
Comprehensive Audit Trail
Licensed Waste Carrier
Certified & Secure Data Destruction
Own Fleet of Secure CCTV GPS Tracked Logistics
ADISA - Distinction level Certification
Staff Security Vetted to BS7858 Standards (SC Cleared)
NO Third Parties / Contractors

The IT Asset Disposal Process

We provide full transparency to you at every stage of the retirement process. Each stage is compliant with several ISO standards, NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) standards and the ADISA standard for the overall process and methods.

COLLECTION

Your Assets are securely collected using our own satellite tracked vehicles and security vetted staff

AUDIT

We will itemise any asset tag every item, this is visible immediately in our online collection portal

DATA ERASURE

We will securely wipe all data and remove any identifying markings on all assets

REFURBISHMENT

We will refurbish and repair the IT equipment

CASHBACK

Your assets are re marketed using our specialist sales channels to obtain the highest value, You will then receive the Revenue back for the Equipment!

Gigacycle IT Asset Disposal Computer Recycling Computer Disposal Data Erasure Data Destruction WEEE Disposal
DIPCOG INFOSEC

Online Customer Portal

Book, View and modify collections, View Collection History, Data Destruction Certificates, Waste Transfer Notes and Manifests all available online in your portal.

Real-time Access, Anytime, Anywhere

View the status of your assets as they are being processed live in real-time with access to the portal from any smart device or web browser.

Data Destruction Certificates

Data Destruction Certificates can be downloaded and are always available on the portal, individually matched to each asset by serial number for your convenience.

Secure Asset Management Portal

You'll receive access for yourself or your clients to our secure portal where current or past collections can be viewed and certificates downloaded.

Every Asset is tracked

Every asset we collect is audited into the system for you to view in real time. We itemise all assets by make, model, serial number, asset tags and weight for you to view online.

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Safe Computer Disposal

If you need safe computer disposal solutions, always choose an accredited IT Asset Disposal provider like Gigacycle. We offer certified data destruction and computer recycling expertise to UK organisations, delivering leading services for all your IT disposal needs. If you want to get rid of computer parts, a laptop or hard drive securely and safely, get in touch today.

 

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    Your Easy Guide to Disposing of Computers Safely

    If you have computers or an old hard drive in need of disposal, it's important to understand how to go about this as safely as possible. If you're wondering whether to remove the hard drive before collection, want to destroy the hard drive, or you need to get rid of an old laptop computer, we've got all the answers you need in this easy IT disposal guide.

    Why Dispose of Your Computer in a Safe Way?

    Disposing of your computer safely is vital, whether you're a business owner, public sector organisation or an individual at home. Throwing away a computer or external hard drive into the general waste isn't a smart move. Anything from an old laptop to a business computer (even after you follow the prompts to wipe the drive) could give away vital information if someone with the right know-how were to restore it. This could risk data held on the device, including information about others' names and addresses, staff wages, private company information and customer data.

    As an individual, you wouldn't want your personal information falling into the wrong hands, but as a business, it can be even more serious. Any data breaches or a failure to implement good data protection policies (including at computer disposal) could lead to your company receiving a hefty ICO fine. You need to consider the risk of data breaches at every stage of a computer's lifecycle, from when it's installed at your premises to when you recycle or dispose of it.

    Who Are the ICO?

    The ICO is the Information Commissioner’s Office. They're the independent body whose role is to uphold information rights in the public interest. It encourages organisations to be more transparent with how they deal with your personal information while providing advice about data protection. They can also issue monetary penalties if you fail to comply with the Data Protection Act. At Gigacycle, we're registered with the ICO, which means we can process personal information as part of our computer disposal and data destruction services.

    Is It Safe to Dispose of Old Computers?

    When considering a safe way to dispose of a used computer, never just throw it away. It's only safe to dispose of used computers if they have been permanently wiped of any confidential information present on the asset. To do this, you should use the services of a professional ITAD provider such as Gigacycle. Even if you encrypt your drive before the computer is used, you'll still need to find safe ways to ensure the data can't be accessed after disposal.

    How Do You Dispose of a Computer Safely?

    Before any computer is disposed of, e.g. by recycling the parts or selling it, you must find a safe way to erase the data on the asset if it holds any confidential information or personal files. Many people think it's as simple as trying to perform a factory reset or remove the drive and destroy it. However, understanding how to complete this type of process in a safe way requires in-depth expertise.

    At Gigacycle, we use advanced techniques to remove hard drive components and permanently destroy them. We can even perform data erasure solutions to allow the device to be used again without risking access of old information on the asset.

    What Do You Do with Old Computers That Don't Work?

    Even if you have old PCs or a computer asset that is broken or no longer works, never assume the data it holds is safe from access. At Gigacycle, we can safely get rid of your old computer, including erasing or shredding the hard drive. Our IT technicians can also refurbish assets if there's damaged hardware or software which no longer works, giving you more options about what you'd like to do with the asset once it's been fixed.

    If the computer is permanently broken, we can even break it down into separate materials or parts. An old hard drive could be used in another device, for example, or materials such as glass, plastic and metal can be recycled.

    What Can I Do with Old Computers?

    There are lots of flexible options when it comes to managing your old computers.

    • Data destruction - Erase the hard drive or shred the device completely.
    • Refurbish - Restore the computer hardware or update the software.
    • Reuse - Reuse the computer once it's been updated, saving you money from having to buy a new one.
    • Sell - Sell your refurbished or wiped computer to get cash back.
    • Recycle - Even if the computer is broken, the parts can often be reused in other devices or individual materials can be recycled.
    • Donate - Erase your hard drive and donate used computers after data destruction if you want a stranger who needs a new laptop to have them.

    How Can You Wipe Your Hard Drive?

    There are several stages to wiping an old hard drive. While you may be able to physically remove the hard drive yourself following instructions online, you must know what you're doing to avoid static shock or damaging the asset if you want to use it again. At Gigacycle, we use approved data destruction techniques to erase or shred hard drives. These techniques will delete your personal information and even render the drive unusable if we shred it via a physical destruction method.

    What Should You Think about When Planning a Computer Disposal?

    If you're a business organising a computer disposal or even implementing a data protection policy, here are some of the considerations you may want to discuss.

    • Which items have sensitive and classified information or confidential data stored on them?
    • Whose data do you need to protect (e.g. employees, the public, clients, company etc.)?
    • Will you need to remove the hard drive from the computer before it leaves your premises?
    • Do you need to move the data or backup files in the cloud first?
    • What type of data destruction techniques are required for each asset, e.g. do you want to wipe the hard drive or physically destroy it?
    • Who will perform the data destruction?
    • Where should the data destruction process take place? (i.e. at your site, at a security facility etc.)
    • Do you need to witness the destruction happen?
    • How will you find a data destruction or computer disposal company?
    • What qualities do you need to look for in an IT asset disposal provider, e.g. accreditations, free collections etc.?
    • What evidence will you have of a data destruction or safe IT disposal taking place? Where will you store this evidence as proof for the ICO if ever required?
    • Does the ITAD provider offer all-in-one solutions for every stage of the disposal process, including collection, data destruction and further disposal solutions?
    • Can you track items once they leave your building so that you can see their progress along their disposal or recycling journey?
    • Do you really want to get a new asset or could your old computers be refurbished or updated with custom software?
    • What do you want to happen after data destruction, e.g. sell, reuse, recycle or even donate the computer?
    • If you've purchased a new computer/s, how will data be protected and secured? Are you GDPR compliant?

    What Safe Data Destruction Solutions Do You Offer?

    Even a glance at our co uk website would confirm that we have several data destruction solutions available for our customers. If you're considering a computer disposal with us, you can choose just one destruction solution or combine methods to ensure your external hard drive is both erased and physically destroyed. We can provide this service for both a limited number of computers and large, bulk destructions. For the latter, we can even provide bulk certificates of destruction for your records.

    What Is Data Erasure?

    Data erasure is one of the safest ways to complete a computer or hard drive clean up before an IT disposal takes place. It's one of the best destruction techniques you can choose and comes in handy if you wish to reuse the asset if you wanted to. It means you could wipe the hard drive and keep it in your business once it's updated or sell your computer on for a price. Either way, it will help you save money if you want to buy a new computer.

    During the erasure process, every block of data on the device is overwritten by special software, placing unusable data in its place. The software carries this out several times and will verify whether the process worked at the end. If 100% successful, a unique data destruction certificate is produced, which your business will have access to through our safe and secure client portal.

    We provide NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre, formerly CESG) approved data erasure services, using a higher standard algorithm than many other computer disposal providers offer.

    Once an asset has been erased, it can be recycled, refurbished, shredded or sold.

    What Is Data Shredding?

    Data shredding or hard drive shredding involves the physical destruction of a data-bearing asset to help your business remain compliant with GDPR regulations. We have CPNI approved hard drive shredders, which can even have granulation and disintegration capabilities if specially requested by a customer.

    We shred a wide range of items (sometimes up to 2,000 a day!), including hard drives, hard disks, backup tapes, mobiles, data storage devices (e.g. CDs, DVDs, USB sticks etc.), magnetic media devices and other items you'd like destroyed such as security fobs to your building. Our advanced data shredders come with interchangeable screens to allow different shredding widths to be accommodated, such as 20mm shredding and even CPNI approved 6mm shredding. We use special techniques to remove the hard drive from your computer before placing it through the shredder - much like you'd see for paper documents when going through a confidential waste paper shredding machine!

    Choose data shredding services if your internal company data policy requires a physical destruction or if the data erasure process fails in any way. If you require on-site shredding services, we can come out to your site with our mobile shredders to perform the destruction on your premises, breaking down each device to the specific size you require. We're also happy to arrange you access to our data destruction centre to witness the shredding of your devices if required.

    As with data erasure, you'll get access to a full audit trail, which shows the serial numbers and asset numbers of all assets destroyed.

    What Is Degaussing?

    Magnetic media can also go through a different data destruction process known as degaussing. A special machine will generate a high magnetic field to destroy all data on the device. However, this technique is only suitable for media assets you don't want to use again.

    External Data Clean Ups

    As well as thinking about which of your devices hold confidential data, does the outside of the hardware reveal anything? This includes invisible security markings which could reveal your business as the previous owner of the device. If you'd like Gigacycle to check for any identifying marks on the physical asset, just let us know.

    What Is Computer Recycling?

    Computer recycling is a secure, safe, environmentally friendly disposal method for old computers, laptops, computer components, hard drives and other electronics. It's sometimes known as e-waste recycling or WEEE recycling, referring to how IT waste electrical and electronic items are disposed of.

    While you can recycle the materials contained within a computer, such as the different metal, plastic and glass elements, there are more sustainable options than this. This includes reusing or repairing the asset, which releases much less energy than recycling individual materials and manufacturing new products or equipment. It's also a great way to save money on computer purchases if you were considering a new one.

    What Items Do We Take Away?

    We collect, recycle and destroy lots of different WEEE and IT equipment, so if you'd like us to perform a bulk collection, just let us know in advance so that we can allocate resources correctly.

    Items we take away include:

    • Computer parts and components
    • Laptop computers
    • Windows PCs with SSD drives or HDD drives
    • Computer monitors
    • Hard drives
    • Servers
    • Printers, plotters & photocopiers
    • Projectors
    • Magnetic media
    • CDs, DVDs & other storage devices
    • Data tapes
    • Keyboards & other computer accessories
    • Circuit boards
    • Computer cables
    • Mobile phones
    • TVs
    • Games consoles
    • Security fobs
    • Network switches & equipment
    • SMART boards
    • Microfiche
    • Vending machines
    • ePOS systems

    We collect most types of IT equipment and assets, so if you don't see the type of recycling you're looking for on this list, please get in touch with our team.

    Why Work With Gigacycle? Leading ITAD Provider

    As one of the UK's leading IT Asset Disposal companies, we have lots to offer anyone looking for safe computer recycling solutions. Here are just some of the reasons to choose us as your IT disposal specialist.

    Wide Range of ITAD Services

    We offer bespoke ITAD services, finding solutions ideal for your needs. We'll tailor your package to your company requirements at every stage. Available solutions include:

    • IT Asset Disposals
    • Full IT asset management
    • Resale & Remarking channels
    • Data destruction services (erasure/shredding/degaussing)
    • IT decommissioning, relocations & installations
    • IT asset redeployments
    • Managed IT services
    • GDPR compliance advice

    Find lots of information about each of these services across our co uk website now.

    Free Collections

    While we offer a range of premium IT disposal and recycling services, collections are included. This includes secure storage for free on our tracked vehicles so that your computer is completely safe on its journey to our facility.

    Fleet of Vehicles

    We have our own fleet of collection vehicles, fitted with security measures such as GPS trackers, CCTV and locked cages. All our drivers have been security-vetted and are highly trained. It means they know what to do in every situation.

    No Third Parties

    We don't use any third party ITAD providers, arriving at your premises in Gigacycle vehicles with all staff in uniform. They will present you with their ID badge so that you can verify they're with us. If you would prefer vehicles without signs and non-uniformed drivers for data security reasons, please request this so that we can arrange for you.

    Accredited By ADISA

    We're certified by ADISA (Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance) to distinction level. They're the leading body in our industry that certifies and audits ITAD providers. They audit us annually to ensure our services remain at a compliant, premium standard, so you can rest assured our quality never slips. We work hard each year to maintain our ADISA accreditation, continually evolving our services to ensure we implement the latest industry standards and offer the best solutions to our clients.

    Vetted Staff

    From our mangers to our skilled IT technicians, all Gigacycle employees have to pass strict security vetting before working for us. Staff are vetted to BS7858 Standards (SC Cleared) and have everything from work references, ID checks and character references completed. Each employee even requires a unite biometric fingerprint access to metre each area of our computer disposal facility.

    Full Asset Audits

    When we collect items from your site, each asset is tagged with a unique barcode. This allows it to be automatically logged onto our system once scanned so that you can track its progress at every step of the way. The audit is available through our online digital portal, which you'll get a secure login code for. From there, you can even access certificates of data destruction or book further collections as and when required.

    Approved Data Destruction Techniques

    The NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) is the Government arm dealing with the national technical authority for information assurance in the UK. Our data erasure methods comply with their recognised and approved standards, which we can carry out at our secure facility in Manchester or even on-site at your business address. We even generate certificates of data destruction with unique serial numbers on the record so that you remain ICO-compliant.

    Point to Point Collections

    Our dedicated collections are point to point, which means the vehicle is constantly in transit with no stopping (bar safety requirements for drivers), taking your items directly to our recycling centre. All logistics vehicles are tracked by satellite, alerting the system if the vehicle is stationary and providing updates about the route taken. CCTV cameras view the font, back and side of the vehicle, as well as the driver cockpit and the area where assets are safely stored. We have ensured our vehicles are secure as possible, including Armaplate locks.

    Licensed Waste Carrier

    We're a licensed waste carrier, which means we're approved to transport waste as part of our IT asset disposal services.

    Secure IT Recycling Facility

    Our impressive IT disposal and processing facility spans across 28,000 square feet, remaining one of the most secure ITAD centres in the UK. Among the many security measures in place includes metal detector searches, CCTV, on-site security patrols, security barriers and doors, locked storage cages, no public access and much more.

    Environmentally Friendly

    We work in accordance with environmental guidelines, including compliance with Environment Agency standards and going beyond WEEE Directive legislation. Offering a superior service, we're passionate about protecting the environment and reducing our carbon footprint, implementing a 0% landfill goal for all assets we process. This means reusing computer parts or equipment wherever possible to reduce the negative impact on the environment. Our skilled technicians are even computer refurbishment experts, so they can restore your hardware or create custom software if you'd like to reuse the asset again within your business.

    UK Wide Services

    While our secure processing facility and sales offices are based in Manchester, we collect assets all over the UK. This includes London computer recycling services. When you contact us for a free quote, we can let you know the turnaround time for collecting assets from your area.

    ISO Certifications

    We hold multiple ISO certifications, including 27001, 9001 and 14001 for information security management, business efficiency and environmental performance, respectively.

    ICO Registered

    We're registered with the ICO, helping you to remain compliant with all your data protection responsibilities.

    Outstanding Reputation

    Our exceptional reputation in the industry is thanks to the level of customer care and high-quality services we provide. We have years of experience in the field, working with a wide range of individuals, businesses of all sizes and public sector names. This includes the NHS, multiple FTSE 100 companies and education organisations.

    Get in Touch with Us Now - Book a Free Computer Disposal Collection

    Thank you so much for considering Gigacycle as your ITAD provider. We offer free, no-obligation quotes, and you can send an enquiry on our contact page. Book a free collection online now via our website.