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The products Cascade processes

Last updated: June 2, 2017

Cascade will sort and process equipment into one of sixteen pre-defined product categories.  For customers who enroll in our Standard Process Service, Cascade will record more detailed make, model, serial number and other tracking information for each asset.  Contact a sales representative to set up your own service solution and to get pricing details. 


Safe and Sound® Equipment Processing Services:

Services Included:

  • Packaging and handling of equipment:  First 30 minutes on site are free
  • Secure Data Destruction: Hard drives and media destroyed/shredded
  • Remove asset tags and corporate markings
  • Demanufacture equipment for recycling or prepare for reuse as requested
  • Provide disposition documentation and Certificate of Destruction/Notice of Recycling

Product Category

Unit of Measure

Items included in Product Category and Services Provided

Audio/Video Equipment


Processing of VCR, video projector, DVD player, DVR, video/audio editing device, stereo receiver, MP3 player that does not have WiFi capability, digital camera, game system & similar consumer electronics for Safe & Sound disposition. Media cleared of personal data.


Per lb.

Processing of loose rechargeable or disposable batteries for Safe & Sound disposition.

Computing Device


Processing of desktop computer, desktop server, thin client for Safe & Sound disposition. Includes the cost to perform a one-pass NIST 800-88 conformant wipe on resellable drives or to shred any obsolete, damaged or unsellable (as determined by customer or market) hard drives, hybrid or solid state drives in the unit.

Computer/Display Combo Unit


Processing of computer/display combo unit, all-in-one point of sale equipment (PC, cash drawer, video display) for Safe & Sound disposition. Includes the cost to perform a one-pass NIST 800-88 conformant sanitization wipe on resellable drives or to shred any obsolete, damaged or unsellable (as determined by customer or market) hard drives in unit.

Handheld Mobile Device


Processing of tablets, smartphones, WiFi capable mobile devices (e.g., iPod Touch), and personal digital assistants (PDAs) for Safe & Sound disposition. If devices can be reused, a data sanitization and testing fee will be deducted from the resale value prior to calculating a rebate payment to the customer.

Hard Drive


Processing of any Hard Drive, Solid State Drive, or Hybrid Hard Disk Drive shipped loose for Safe & Sound disposition. Includes the cost to perform a one-pass NIST 800-88 conformant wipe on resellable drives or to shred any obsolete, damaged or unsellable (as determined by customer or market) hard drives.

Imaging Device


Processing of printer, document scanner, fax machine, desktop plotter, point of sale printers, desktop copier for Safe & Sound disposition. Equipment is generally <50 lbs. Includes NIST 800-88 conformant sanitization of devices to ensure data are not recoverable. Devices that are more than 50 lbs. are categoried as "Inventoried Electronics."

Laptop Computer


Processing of laptop computer or net book for Safe & Sound disposition. Includes the cost to perform a one-pass NIST 800-88 conformant sanitization of resellable drives or to shred any obsolete, damaged or unsellable (as determined by customer or market) hard drives in the unit.

Media (Inventoried)


Processing of data tapes, hard drives, and other media traced by a unique serial or identification number for Safe & Sound disposition. NOTE – these items must be identified ahead of time for individual tracking

Media (Bulk)

Per lb.

Processing of CDs, floppies, confidential paper, film, memory cards, microfiche, ID cards, crushed drives, flash drives and other media not traced by any unique number for Safe & Sound disposition.

Network Device


Processing of firewalls, hub, router, switch, modems, external codecs, telecom devices,and loose JetDirect cards for Safe & Sound disposition. Media cleared of all data.

Rack Mount Server


Processing of rack mountable server shipped loose. (Servers shipped in a cabinet will be inventoried as processed in the "Inventoried Electronics" category. Includes the cost to shred any obsolete, damaged or unsellable (as determined by customer or market) hard drives or other media in the unit, or the cost to perform a one-pass NIST conformant wipe on resellable drives.

Medical & Specialty Equipment Per lb. Processing of electronic medical equipment and other specialty electronics for destruction and recycling. Items include laboratory equipment, diagnostic equipment, patient monitors, patient care equipment and appliances with refrigerant gasses. Examples include: anesthesia unit, autoclave, blood analyzer, cast system, centrifuge, concentrator, defribrillator, dialysis unit, drying oven, electrocardiograph, endoscope, freeze dryer, gas chromatograph, goinometer, glucose meter, incubator, IV pump, microscontroller, microscope, NA+/K+ analyzer, ophthalmoscope, otoscope, oxygen monitor, PH meter, pulse oximeter, sample oxidizer, shaker, spectrometer, ultrasonic cleaner, ultrasound equipment, UV transilluminator, UV disinfection system,UV meter, UV spectrophotometer, water test kit, and vitals monitor. All surfaces on each device must be decontaminated and the customer must provide evidence of decontamination. Work may be outsourced to a third party under contract with Cascade. Data destruction, if applicable, is NOT NAID Certified.

Video Display Device


Processing of CRT or LCD monitor, television, terminal for Safe & Sound disposition.

Inventoried Electronics

Per lb.

Processing for Safe & Sound disposition of whatever does not fit into another category but can be traced by a unique serial number (not including keyboards/mice) or has been labeled by the customer for individual tracking before arrival at Cascade. Includes large photocopiers, IP phones, enterprise equipment shipped in a rack, and unique items of value.

Bulk Electronics

Per lb.

If a customer selects "bulk processing" as the sort method, then all equipment is entered into this category. If a customer selects "asset processing," then non-serialized assets and keyboards, mice, used toner and ink cartridges, cables, USB modems, PC air cards, office supplies, key fobs, RSA tokens, docking stations, analog desk phones, cell phones (without "smart-phone" capabilities), chargers, loose internal PC components, consumer electronics (toasters, fans, microwave ovens, etc.) and other miscellaneous unmarked parts.

Note: There are some products Cascade is not able to accept because they may be unsafe for us to handle or they are not suitable for our processes. We call them "Nonconforming Equipment." A list of typical nonconforming equipment is posted on our website.

Inventory Services and Resale Rebates
Cascade will reconcile and/or record inventory details on any asset it processes. Cascade records and tracks the make, model, serial number, corporate asset tag number and up to two other user defined fields from receipt to final disposition and settlement. When assets are inventoried, you will the received detailed receipt and disposition reports that enable you to comply with privacy protection and corporate asset management regulatory requirements. If you are subject to HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, FACTA, FERPA or other similar regulations, then this level of reporting is essential to maintain compliance.

Physical Destruction of Media
As part of our normal process, Cascade will either electronically sanitize and/or physically destroy all hard drives and other media through shredding, compliant with NIST Guidelines for Media Sanitization Special Publication 800-88. The process for media destruction will be listed on the Customer Account Information Form and disclosed through the Certificate of Destruction and Disposition Report.

  • NIST 800-88 one-pass sanitization of hard drives: included in cost of laptops, servers and computers
  • DoD 5220.22-M 3 pass sanitization: additional charge applied to resold devices - deducted from sale price
  • NIST 800-88 sanitization of phones/tablets:additional charge applied to resold devices - deducted from sale price

Click here to learn how Cascade eliminates customer data from a whole host of electronics products and media.

Collection and Freight Services
Cascade will provide secure collection and hauling of customer equipment using our own vehicles and professional, background checked staff. The cost for pickups shall be established for each customer location.

e-Stewards Equipment and Material Classification

In conformance with the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling (Section 6.2.3), Cascade identifies the hazardous substances and different types of Electronic Equipment we manage for our customers. The term "Electronic Equipment" is defined by e-Stewards as "Electrical and electronic equipment and/or components from any sources, and their processing residuals in any form, e.g. whole, broken, disassembled, shredded, or granulated electronics, including: a. Those that are dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and have never contained ozone-depleting substances, combustible fuels, or gases, including equipment for the generation, storage, transfer, and measurement of such currents and fields; and, b. Associated consumables, e.g. ink and toner and theur contridges, compact and other discs, and accessories, such as batteries, chargers, and adapters."

In general, Cascade does not accept "Hazardous Substances" that are not particular to electronic equipment. Those items are typically considered Non-Conforming Equipment.

Cascade product categories (above) are generally classified into the following e-Stewards types of Electronic Equipment:

  • Hazardous Electronic Equipment (HEE) - See definition in Section 3.5.21 in e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling, Version 3.0:
    • Anything with a battery: Audio/Video Equipment (batteries in cameras and portable devices); Batteries; Computing Devices (with embedded Lithium metal batteries); Computer/Display Combo Unit (with embedded Lithium metal batteries); Handheld Mobile Device (with embedded and removable rechargeable batteries); Imaging Devices (with embedded batteries); Laptop Computers (with embedded batteries); Medical & Specialty Equipment (may contain batteries); and, Inventoried & Bulk Electronics (may contain batteries).
    • Cathode Ray Tubes: Medical & Specialty Equipment (may contain CRTs); Video Display Devices (TVs and monitors with CRTs); and, Inventoried & Bulk Electronics (may contain CRTs).
    • Circuit Boards, lamps, switches, or any Electronic Equipment that contain certain hazardous substances:
    • Audio/Video Equipment (circuit boards in devices); Batteries; Computing Devices (circuit boards in devices); Computer/Display Combo Unit (circuit boards in devices); Handheld Mobile Device (circuit boards in devices); Hard Drives (circuit boards on boards); Imaging Devices (circuit boards in devices and lamps in copiers/scanners); Laptop Computers (circuit boards in devices and lamps in screens); Medical & Specialty Equipment (circuit boards in devices); Network Devices (circuit boards on boards); Rack Mount Servers (circuit boards on boards); Video Display Devices (Monitors with circuit boards and lamps in LCD screens); and, Inventoried & Bulk Electronics (circuit boards in devices).

    • Items with Mercury: . . .