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Goodwill Mobile Shredding Unit Soars Thanks to Grant

Goodwill was the recipient of a First Nonprofit Foundation 2017 grant of $25,500 to fund the purchase of mobile shredding equipment for its Goodwill E-cycle operation.

Goodwill E-cycle is the de-manufacturing, recycling and refurbishment of electronics and computers. Electronics which can be recycled include desktop and laptop computers; tablets; mobile phones; keyboards and monitors. Donations of computers by commercial customers are the lifeblood of the E­cycle operation. Many of these customers have stringent requirements around destruction of their data and require that data be destroyed at the customer’s location. Without mobile shredding equipment, Goodwill would be unable to sell its electronics recycling services to several market segments including financial services.

In total, the mobile shredder cost $21,250 and the generator cost $4,250.

Project Success Update

Goodwill has expended the entire $25,500 grant from First Nonprofit Foundation to purchase mobile shredding equipment. The items purchased with the grant were a shredder and a generator, both of which have been installed in a leased Goodwill E-cycle truck.

At the time of the grant award, Goodwill planned to begin providing mobile shredding services to commercial customers in April of 2018. The project experienced a series of delays and the shredding operation officially launched in October, with a project for a new commercial customer (please see attached photo.) Initially the delays were caused by equipment failures which led to the shredding equipment being returned to manufacturer and re-built. This equipment failure delayed the launch by three-months. A second set of delays, unrelated to the equipment issues, was around the unwillingness of our truck leasing company to allow Goodwill to install the shredding equipment on the leased trucks. This was remedied by a change in truck leasing companies, but caused another three-month delay. Goodwill is delighted to report that the Goodwill E-cycle mobile shredding service is fully operational and the E­cycle sales team looks forward to expanding its operation and bringing on a wider range of commercial customers.

Next Steps

According to Chris Pier, Director of Commercial Recycling Services for Goodwill: Yhe loss or mishandling of customer/ patient data is one of the greatest risks a company has to manage from a brand reputation standpoint. A breach scenario has the ability to cripple public trust and cost millions in claims o

Goodwill was the recipient of a First Nonprofit Foundation 2017 grant of $25,500 to fund the purchase of mobile shredding equipment for its Goodwill E-cycle operation.

Goodwill E-cycle is the de-manufacturing, recycling and refurbishment of electronics and computers. Electronics which can be recycled include desktop and laptop computers; tablets; mobile phones; keyboards and monitors. Donations of computers by commercial customers are the lifeblood of the E­cycle operation. Many of these customers have stringent requirements around destruction of their data and require that data be destroyed at the customer’s location. Without mobile shredding equipment, Goodwill would be unable to sell its electronics recycling services to several market segments including financial services.

Project Success Update

Goodwill has expended the entire $25,500 grant from First Nonprofit Foundation to purchase mobile shredding equipment. The items purchased with the grant were a shredder and a generator, both of which have been installed in a leased Goodwill E-cycle truck.

At the time of the grant award, Goodwill planned to begin providing mobile shredding services to commercial customers in April of 2018. The project experienced a series of delays and the shredding operation officially launched in October, with a project for a new commercial customer (please see attached photo.) Initially the delays were caused by equipment failures which led to the shredding equipment being returned to manufacturer and re-built. This equipment failure delayed the launch by three-months. A second set of delays, unrelated to the equipment issues, was around the unwillingness of our truck leasing company to allow Goodwill to install the shredding equipment on the leased trucks. This was remedied by a change in truck leasing companies, but caused another three-month delay. Goodwill is delighted to report that the Goodwill E-cycle mobile shredding service is fully operational and the E­cycle sales team looks forward to expanding its operation and bringing on a wider range of commercial customers.

Next Steps

According to Chris Pier, Director of Commercial Recycling Services for Goodwill: Yhe loss or mishandling of customer/ patient data is one of the greatest risks a company has to manage from a brand reputation standpoint. A breach scenario has the ability to cripple public trust and cost millions in claims or settlements. In certain industries, insurers have even starting to require that sensitive data be managed onsite before the storage media is transferred offsite or to a third party. Many companies in the area try to mitigate this risk by offering a cheap alternative to shredding services such as driving a hole through the hard drives with a drill press or bending them with a hydraulic press. While the drive may not operate any longer, any area on the platters inside the drives that are flat and smooth can be scanned and data can be recovered. The only way to ensure the data is not recoverable is to physically destroy the entire drive (shredding).

The mobile shredding service for hard drives allows us the ability to offer a completely unique service to our commercial customers that fulfills security and insurance requirements for the secure end-of-life data management.

Goodwill had two projects scheduled within a week of receiving the completed shredding equipment, and multiple customers awaiting the results to schedule their service. Both were completed exactly as planned and the customers were thrilled with the results!

r settlements. In certain industries, insurers have even starting to require that sensitive data be managed onsite before the storage media is transferred offsite or to a third party. Many companies in the area try to mitigate this risk by offering a cheap alternative to shredding services such as driving a hole through the hard drives with a drill press or bending them with a hydraulic press. While the drive may not operate any longer, any area on the platters inside the drives that are flat and smooth can be scanned and data can be recovered. The only way to ensure the data is not recoverable is to physically destroy the entire drive (shredding).

The mobile shredding service for hard drives allows us the ability to offer a completely unique service to our commercial customers that fulfills security and insurance requirements for the secure end-of-life data management.

Goodwill had two projects scheduled within a week of receiving the completed shredding equipment, and multiple customers awaiting the results to schedule their service. Both were completed exactly as planned and the customers were thrilled with the results!


$25,000

Awarded