Thank you for those who donated to Recycle USB for the repurposing of USB flash drive media. If you are new to the website, please visit our Mission Statement page about what we do and how our website “recycles” USB flash drives. Our service is not the assumed and traditional “recycle” process most associate with e-cycling electronics.
Most recent donations came from the quality people listed below:
Ryan Orgera – Alexandria, VA
Rich Sherman – Santa Monica, CA
Victoria Kirby – Hoboken, NJ
Scott Petty – Pittsboro, NC
??? – Briarcliff Manor, NY
Mr Ferdon – Battle Creek, MI
Coy – Boston, MA
Angie Reyes – Bothell, WA
??? – River Valley, NJ
Travis Miller – Cambridge, MA
Donald Hardin – Riverside, CT
Sheli Radoshitzky – Frederick, MD
Santesh Kumar – ???
Laura Labriola – Fairfield, NJ
Mike Diamantes – Los Angeles, CA
Audimation Services Inc – Huston, TX – Thank you for the large three box donation; however, after testing 10 random drives, none of the drives worked or functioned in a Windows computer; therefore RecycleUSB cannot use these drives for the SugarLabs project. We will coordinate with our local electronics recycling center to properly dispose of the items. We very much appreciate the effort and wanted you to know the final resting spot for your kind gesture.
Since December of 2021 here is the list of people who’ve donated flash drives along with a picture for proof of processing. We wonder, does anyone ever check back on our site to make sure their package was received and processed?
Once again, thankless job for those putting in the effort to package up and ship out USB flash drives to be recycled.
The full list of people who recycled USB drives between our last post and today:
Twenty people/organizations have donated their flash drives for recycling since our last post in September of 2020. Your time and effort to package up and ship off your unwanted flash drives is much appreciated. As we’ve said before, these drives will be cleaned up (formatted and data erased) from the donor with our flash memory copier equipment and repurpose the drives and sent to sugarlabs.org for re-use.
Here is the list of twenty who contributed since our last post:
For those of you considering to donate USB flash drives to our cause, you may ask yourself how is the recycled USB drive handled before going out to SugarLabs?
Below is a picture of some drives being digitally cleaned and erased before going out the door. We use Nexcopy duplicator equipment and with this gear, there is a D.o.D. erase function [Department of Defense grade function]. The USB erase function writes random ones-and-zeros to the entire memory space. So anything on the drive, whether it be inappropriate data, personal data or even virsus’ the erase function wipes them out.
Once the drive is completely written over with random binary data, we use a format function in the duplicator equipment and format the drives as FAT32. Not all drives will pass the erase function or the format function and those drives are taken out of the recycle process.
We have used the above procedure for years and very confident in the process and outcome. To donate your USB flash drives, you may visit our USB donation page to get the three step process.
For all of you who have donated, thank you! Please remember, if you include a note with your donated flash drives with a website link or blog address, we will be happy to post that link in this news room section of our site.
Recycle USB is a website for people looking to recycle their USB flash drives for a better cause.
Send your USB to school.
Each donated drive is loaded with Sugar, making it Sugar on a Stick. Sugar is a standalone computer operating system which runs off a USB flash drive. Sugar is developed to provide children a free portable and interactive learning environment in a self contained thumb drive.
Sending your USB stick to a recycle center holds far less Good Will then sending your USB stick to a child wanting to learn.
Here is how the USB journey begins:
Step 1: Collect all your old and unused USB flash drives.
**Sugar requires a minimum 1GB stick**
Step 2: Send your USB drive(s) to RecycleUSB.com
Step 3: We receive the drives and perform a low-level format to clean the drive of any data.
Step 4: We then data load “Sugar On A Stick” operating system onto your donated USB flash drive to make the portable learning computer
Step 5: We send the finished product to Sugar Labs for deployment to any number of locations throughout the world.
Once Sugar Labs receives your donated drive, it is then deployed to any number of possible locations around the world. Your generous donation could go to a child in Peru, or South Africa or Thailand! Your flash drive will become a portable computer for a very lucky child.
This Good Will act of sending in your USB stick is far greater than recycling old components of a flash drive for a couple pennies in return