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E-shredder a safe way to get rid of cell phone and other unsecured data


New technology has brought with it a lot of good, but also has brought forward the question of what to do with older technology while protecting sensitive data from the threat of identify theft.

The City of Norfolk now has a first of its kind e-shredder in northeast Nebraska.

Solid Waste Supervisor Rob Mercer says the new equipment at the city's Household Hazardous Waste Facility will shred items from USB thumb drives to smart phones and computer hard drives to 3/4th of an inch.

"It's going to be very difficult for anybody to ever put them together to get any information off of it" Mercer says that once the items are shredded they are melted down to be used to make new equipment," said Rob Mercer, City of Norfolk Solid Waste Supervisor.

The e-shredder cost $14,000.  A grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality paid for half.

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