Siemens Energy and Materials Processing Corp. form recycling partnership

Agreement revolves around service designed to help utilities dispose of end-of-life electronic components in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

By David Greenfield January 7, 2010

The new service provided by Siemens and MaterialsProcessing Corp. (MPC) allows electronic components such as computers forsupervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and energy managementsystems, remote terminal units (RTUs), protective relays and meters to bepicked up at a power utility’s site where a quick destruction is performed andwitnessed by a representative of the utility. Siemens collects the equipmentand securely transports it to MPC’s recycling center where the equipment isdisassembled, sorted, shredded and ultimately recycled. Security andenvironmental controls are in place throughout the process, and the heuristicrecycling process is completed when all possible minerals are recovered.Nothing goes to a landfill.

"There are many documented cases of hackers recovering criticalinformation from discarded computer equipment and using it to break intosystems. This partnership will ensure that no one can recover information frommemory devices and use the information to attack our energyinfrastructure," stated Paul Skare, director of cyber security at SiemensEnergy Inc. "MPC provides best-in-class electronics recycling with securedestruction of all storage devices, as well as the tracking and auditing thatmeet utilities’ needs."

"The electronics recycling industry has come a long way in the last fewyears," says Todd Schachtman, president, global business development,Materials Processing Corporation. "It’s no longer just about recyclingelectronics efficiently, it is about providing companies with peace of mindthat their often highly sensitive data has been destroyed to the highestpossible governmental standards and in a way that doesn’t damage theenvironment."

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– Edited by David Greenfield , editorial director
Control Engineering Sustainable Engineering News Desk