How to Prepare Your Device

Practical tips to secure your data and protect your privacy before recycling your electronic devices

Before you bring your electronic devices to one of our safe and secure authorized drop-off points, here are some practical end-of-life electronics recycling tips and suggestions:

  • Assess if the electronic device could be given away.

  • Ensure the account service for your device is deactivated, if applicable.

  • Clear your device of personal information, including removing the SIM card.

Consumers and businesses are responsible for ensuring that all personal data is removed from their electronic devices prior to drop-off. EPRA-Québec does not accept liability for data or any other digital content that is left on electronic products collected at its authorized drop-off points.

  • Wipe your drives. Clear your SIM cards.

Protect your privacy.

  • Clear all personal information from computers, cell phones and electronics prior to drop off.

  • Ensure all memory storage areas have been cleared of private information.

Find out how:

  • Consult manufacturer’s websites or electronics owner’s manual.

  • Download data erasure software or data shredding apps.

  • Ask an expert.