Safe Computer Disposal​​​

​Personal computers that you no longer need should be disposed of with great care. If you have accessed University systems or data you need to be certain that all traces are removed before you dispose of it.

Personal Equipment Disposal Service

As a service to University employees, ITaCS coordinate the safe disposal of employees personal IT equipment using the University disposal contractor.  The contractor is ADISA accredited (Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance) You can drop individual pieces of equipment (laptops, desktop PC units, tablets or phones) at the IT Service desk Room 1.25 in Middlesbrough tower.

If you have a large amount of equipment or single bulkier items,  the Information Assurance team coordinate special disposal events biannually. The next one is scheduled for -

  • 19th January 2018
    contact the IA Team for further details.

If you chose to dispose of any equipment yourself, you must be aware of -

The Risks

  • The personal information stored in files on your computer could be accessed and used for criminal activity.
  • Any passwords stored on your computer could give access to secure websites holding your personal and financial information.
  • Any browsing history stored on your computer could be accessed.
  • emails stored on your computer could be accessed.
  • Disposing of your computer without having retrieved the information you may need in the future may cause inconvenience or disruption. 

 Safe Disposal

  • Fully erase the hard disks so that any personal information is completely deleted. Simply deleting files is not enough to permanently erase them. Instead, use a dedicated file deletion program or service, or physically destroy the hard drive to render it unusable. Whilst we can't do this for you, please contact us for advice.
  • Ensure that any CDs or DVDs which contain your data are removed from the computer. 
  • Don’t forget that your CDs, DVDs, memory cards, USB sticks and other USB connected devices may also contain your sensitive data and should be disposed of with equal care.
  • If the computer equipment is at the end of its life and you do not intend to sell it or give it away, take it to a proper disposal facility, which will ensure that is dismantled and the components recycled correctly and responsibly.

For more advice and guidance, refer to the site.