Cascade Asset Management: Managing E-Waste Made Easy

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Neil Peters-Michaud, CEO
It is well documented that vast volumes of e-waste in the modern tech industry are cause for environmental concern. They are also a major driver behind increasing incidents of data breaches. Improper disposal of outdated equipment can result in the stored data ending up in the wrong hands. This calls for the services of a secure and reputable IT asset disposal vendor.

While there are many IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) firms, one company that is taking the ITAD industry to the next level is Cascade Asset Management. With over two decades of ITAD industry experience, the company is exclusively dedicated to providing safe and sound certified IT asset disposition services to businesses and institutions. The company’s solutions operate using a secure chain of custody throughout all its services including logistics, inventory, data destruction, reselling devices, and recycling of end of life hardware. “Since our inception in 1999, we have been focused on the adoption of standards and certifications within this industry to ensure that equipment is being handled appropriately, whether it’s due to data security concerns or an environmental standpoint,” states Ryan Laber, VP of Business Development, Cascade Asset Management.

Cascade is renowned for its leadership role in the adoption and continual development of pre-eminent industry certification systems, e-Stewards and NAID AAA. This positions Cascade well for various highly-regulated industries such as healthcare, insurance, banking, finance, organizations with intellectual property, and more.

One healthcare organization in particular, Heartland Dental, sought support from Cascade while they were installing new equipment at more than 1,000 US-based locations; they needed Cascade to follow them along the journey in order to make sure all the equipment was taken off premise in a timely, efficient, and cost-effective manner. Typically, as the devices are discarded and put into the IT asset disposition process, the first step in protecting the data on those devices is to track their location and the people with access to them. Through extensive cataloging and reporting of applied physical and electronic Data Destruction techniques, Cascade was able to mitigate this data security risk at Heartland Dental.
The company leveraged Cascade’s online ITAD portal to provide direct access to its disposition activities, putting the company at ease.

If organizations are looking to minimize environmental risk, Cascade is the right partner to approach as they fundamentally believe in the importance of environmental sustainability and pro mote it through their business. Cascade is certified to the e-Stewards Standard for Ethical and Responsible Reuse, Recycling, and Disposition of Electronic Equipment and Information Technology. In addition, the company is NAID AAA certified. They also comply with numerous laws and regulations requiring protection of confidential customer information, such as HIPAA, FACTA, FISMA, Gramm Leach Bliley and Sarbanes Oxley.

More than 85% of all retired assets handled by Cascade are collected, transported and processed exclusively by its own bonded, background-checked and professional employees. Vet ted freight carriers and direct shipments from customers to one of Cascade’s three processing centers are the source of most other devices sent for refurbishment or recycling. Cascade also offers a box return program to collect single and multi-unit shipments from remote locations or work from home users. These solutions provide convenience and save money by better preserving the re sale value of this equipment.

We have been focused on the adoptions of standards and certifications within this industry to ensure that material/equipment is being handled appropriately, whether it’s from a data security standpoint or an environmental standpoint

Having carved a niche in ITAD industry, Cascade is under taking an aggressive growth strategy. The company grew 35 per cent during Covid and is experiencing similar growth through 2022. Since its inception, Cascade has processed over 105 million pounds of IT assets and provided on-site collection services to more than 50,000 locations across all 50 states. When it comes to expansion, the company has added a center in Florida and has plans to add a fourth location in the future to continue to better serve customers. All-in-all, Cascade has been named as one of the Top 25 Best Small Companies to Work For by SHRM and Gartner called Cascade the “nicest” ITAD firm in the country.

Cascade Asset Management

Madison, WI

Neil Peters-Michaud, CEO and Ryan Laber, VP of BD

Cascade provides secure and environmentally responsible IT Asset Disposition services to businesses and institutions in the United States.

Cascade Asset Management