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Government agencies handle a vast range of highly classified information and, as such, must ensure that when IT assets are disposed of they are handled in accordance with all appropriate standards, along with local, regional, and national regulations.


The United States government and its agencies manage some of the most confidential and sensitive data in the nation. As such, a breach of government data has the potential to affect the privacy of citizens, multimillion dollar infrastructure projects, and even national security. As such, data security is of extreme importance for government sectors, and especially so when it comes to the matter of disposing of IT assets at the end of their useful life.

NSA/CSS Storage Device Sanitization Manual

The National Security Agency and the Central Security Service worked together to produce the Storage Device Sanitization Manual, a handbook providing guidance to those tasked with sanitizing IT storage devices prior to their disposal or recycle.

The manual provides specific procedures that must be followed in order to properly sanitize various data storage devices before they are deemed sufficiently declassified to be disposed of or recycled, and mandates different procedures based on the various storage devices used within government agencies.

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Information System Storage Devices Covered in the NSA/CSS Manual

  • Magnetic Storage Devices
    • Magnetic tapes
    • Magnetic disks
    • Hard disk drives
    • Diskettes
  • Optical Storage Devices
    • CDs
    • DVDs
    • Blu-ray disks
  • Solid State Storage Devices
    • Random Access Memory (RAM)
    • Read Only Memory (ROM)
    • Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
    • Smart Cards
    • Flash memory
  • Hard Copy Storage Devices
    • Paper
    • Microforms
  • Cathode ray tube and plasma monitors with burn-in

Sanitization Methods Mandated in the NSA/CSS Manual

  • Degaussing
    • Automatic Degausser
    • Degaussing Wand
  • Disintegration
  • Incineration
  • Shredding
  • Embossing/Knurling
  • Grinding
  • Power Removal
  • Strip Shredding
  • Cutting
  • Burning
  • Chopping, pulverizing, wet pulping

All Green Recycling Can Handle All Government Mandated Sanitization Methods

As the world’s leading electronics recycler, All Green Recycling is well-equipped to handle all sanitization methods mandated in the NSA/CSS manual.

All IT assets will eventually reach the end of their useful life, making it essential to have efficient, workable policies in place to dictate the end of life procedures for outdated or non-functioning electronic devices and IT assets. Trusted by some of the world’s largest organizations, All Green Recycling is well-equipped to handle the data security needs of any kind of government agency, including IT asset disposition, secure data destruction, and anything else that may be required.

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Government Agencies Served

  • Local, regional, and national government agencies
  • National security agencies
  • Infrastructure agencies
  • Law enforcement
  • Tax agencies
  • Civil agencies
  • Defense agencies
  • Contractors

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All Green Recycling works closely with government agencies on all levels: local, regional, and national, to ensure the sanctity of the highly confidential data being managed. Whether you represent a local, regional, or national government agency, are a contractor, or have any other involvement with government data, contact us today to discuss how All Green Recycling can take care of your data destruction and hard drive shredding needs.