Trip for Education

Columbus Micro takes the burden out of disposing of your old equipment through our hassle-free 5 step TRiP.

Pickup and Transportation: Columbus Micro will arrange for pickup and transportation of the equipment to our location. Typically there is no fee associated with the pickup and removal of equipment however distance of travel is currently limited to the State of Ohio. If travel is required outside of Ohio, please call us in advance.

Inventory Audit & Assessment : Columbus Micro will perform a detailed inventory and assessment of the equipment at our facility.  A detailed report can be generated and provided to you for a small cost.

Dismantling/Component Recovery: Each unit will be carefully disassembled and parts will be sorted based upon their recyclable properties and whether or not they contain hazardous properties. This process is performed with full compliance from the EPA and our clients have the option of receiving a full Waiver of Liability for any and all disposed and recycled product.

Data Destruction: For an extra fee, we will erase the data from your drives using one of three methods. The first method is writing 0’s and 1’s to the drive which permanently erases traces of any data. The second method is drilling holes in the hard drive platters in such a manner that prevents further access to the platters. The third method involves sanding the platters using an industrial sander. This is the most proven method of insuring protection of ultra-sensitive data.

Issue of Credit: This is how TRiP sets itself apart from other recycling companies. Our Get Paid to UP-Trade™ consumer program has been so successful that we’ve decided to offer the same type of program to our business clients. Columbus Micro has developed a set of benchmarks for determining whether or not selected items have value. Please keep in mind that our benchmarks are dynamic and can change on a day to day basis. Please keep in mind not all items accepted will qualify for a credit however you will never pay us to have any items hauled away. A credit will depend on many factors of our benchmarks, for example, a working or non-working unit, the condition of each item the age of the item, quantity, etc. Please feel free to call us to discuss our methods of benchmarking in detail. Any credit given is good for a period of 12 months from the date of issuance and is good for anything that Columbus Micro offers, including service and support.

Data Destruction Fees:

  • Write 0’s and 1’s to Drive
  • Drilling
  • Pulverizing


  • $3.00
  • $5.00
  • $10.00

One Stop Destination: TRiP is a full service solution designed to meet the requirements of assisting you with technology disposal. We are condent that there is no other program like ours and we guarantee you a hassle-free experience.