Our Electronic Recycling Process

Cobalt’s process for collecting, evaluating, and processing electronics meets the highest possible standards and is designed to maximize the lifespan of your unneeded equipment, with a focus on generating value back to you. Security, peace of mind, and continued usefulness: Retirement doesn’t get better than this.

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Obsession with data security has shaped Cobalt’s process for retired hardware across the board, removing every ounce of risk from pickup onward, even when refurbishing and re-selling equipment. And for equipment that truly has reached the end of the line, Cobalt’s customized shredding system leaves every last byte unrecoverable. Few recyclers can offer so many solutions under one roof.

The diagram below walks you through the flow of material from pickup to final disposition and the measures we take to protect you along the way:


Your hardware is in safe hands with our qualified and background-checked staff as they collect, package, and remove your electronics from the facility. This is our signature White Glove Service.

Secure Transport

Your assets are protected from damage or risk while in transit to our state-of-the-art processing facility. By using only our own screened and trained drivers and our own fleet of trucks, we ensure your property never leaves our sight.

Data Destruction


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

Data Breaches: Every IT Director’s Worst Nightmare

You don’t have to look far to find examples of companies facing significant security risks, hefty fines and legal fees, and bad publicity because of unsecured data. Choosing Cobalt means protecting yourself against the possibility that your old assets come back to haunt you long after they’re out of sight.

Refurbishment & Resale

Reusing electronics is the best form of recycling. Cobalt handles both preparing and marketing your used assets, delivering more value back to you.

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For truly end-of-life electronics, recycling is the final option. Cobalt is supported by a 90+ year legacy in traditional scrap recycling and getting the best value for component materials.

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