What is ITAD?

ITAD stands for Information Technology Asset Disposition. The goal of ITAD is to recycle or refurbish retired technology in a secure way, protecting your company’s data in the process. 

Why is ITAD Important?

Some ITAD companies may ship your decommissioned electronic assets elsewhere to be recycled or refurbished- where they aren’t in control of the security. Without secure sanitization and shredding, there’s a risk that potentially sensitive data could still exist on the hardware, leaving your company’s data vulnerable. Not only does improper disposal introduce risks to organizations and brands, it also has a negative impact on the environment. 

Cobalt offers full-service electronics recycling and data destruction. We handle the entire process in-house, ensuring proper handling of all equipment at all times.

There are two main methods by which Cobalt eliminates risks to data security: digital sanitization for equipment destined for resale, or physical destruction (i.e., shredding) for those that will be recycled.

Security From Start to Finish:


Our state-of-the-art sanitizing system uses software that renders stored data completely unrecoverable, with processes that exceed all industry standards. Every device is matched to a detailed sanitization report.


A second report is generated by an independent re-checking system that tests each device to ensure that it is completely clean. Any device that fails this test is rerouted to the recycling stream for physical destruction, providing 100% assurance that data is unrecoverable.

Device Shredding

Electronics destined for recycling travel through an innovative shredding system that spans the length of a football field. It completely destroys the data and sorts the shredded material, which can then re-enter the manufacturing process. Any leftover waste that can’t be recycled is converted to fuel.

Independent Audit

A specialized third-party auditor reinforces your company’s data security by randomly sampling devices to undergo a second series of validation tests, ensuring proper sanitization. This produces a third and final report.

Nothing leaves our facility unless it has been data sanitized, reused, or broken down into raw material for smelting and manufacturing. 

With Cobalt’s signature ITAD services, all data is destroyed and rendered completely unrecoverable. Contact us to speak with a consultant about your electronics recycling or refurbishing needs.