Siemens Teams With Materials Processing Corp. (MPC) for Secure, Green Recycling of Control Systems

Partnership provides best practice expertise for secure recycling in the United States

Dec 14, 2009, 11:45 ET from Siemens Energy, Inc.

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Siemens Energy, Inc. and Materials Processing Corporation (MPC) today announce a partnership to provide a secure, green recycling solution to the electric utility industry. The service will help utilities dispose of end-of-life electronic components in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. It will also assist them in achieving compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's Cyber Infrastructure Protection standards.

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The service provided by Siemens and MPC allows electronic components such as computers for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and energy management systems (EMS), remote terminal units (RTUs), protective relays and meters to be picked up at the utility's site where a quick destruction is performed and witnessed by a representative of the utility. Siemens collects the equipment and securely transports it to MPC's recycling center where the equipment is disassembled, sorted, shredded and ultimately recycled. Security and environmental controls are in place throughout the process, and the heuristic recycling process is completed when all possible minerals are recovered. Nothing goes to a landfill.

"There are many documented cases of hackers recovering critical information from discarded computer equipment and using it to break into systems. This partnership will ensure that no one can recover information from memory devices and use the information to attack our energy infrastructure," stated Paul Skare, director of cyber security at Siemens Energy, Inc. "MPC provides best-in-class electronics recycling with secure destruction of all storage devices, as well as the tracking and auditing that meet utilities' needs. We're especially pleased that MPC helps us to provide a necessary service in an environmentally responsible way."

"The electronics recycling industry has come a long way in the last few years," says Todd Schachtman, president, global business development, Materials Processing Corporation. "It's no longer just about recycling electronics efficiently, it is about providing companies with peace of mind that their often highly sensitive data has been destroyed to the highest possible governmental standards and in a way that doesn't damage the environment. At MPC we're dedicated to helping our customers go about their daily and future business worry-free when it comes to everything from absolute data privacy to being responsible corporate citizens."

The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2008 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of approximately EUR22.6 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR33.4 billion and posted a profit of EUR1.4 billion. On September 30, 2008, the Energy Sector had a work force of approximately 83,500. Further information is available at:

Materials Processing Corporation (MPC) is the country's leading electronics recycling specialist with nationwide operations, collections and capabilities. Certified to the highest international, government and environmental standards MPC is one of the very few electronics recycling specialists in the United States to have ISO 9001 and ISO14001 certification. MPC is a member of the Basel Action Network (BAN) e-Stewards Initiative, a global program to promote best practices in electronics recycling and eradicate eWaste dumping worldwide. MPC is also a member of the National Association of Information Destruction (NAID), Headquartered in Eagan, MN, for more than 25 years, MPC operates a strict no landfill policy, has nationwide collection capabilities with logistic centers in Minnesota, California, Maryland, Tennessee, Illinois, Florida, Ohio and Colorado.

SOURCE Siemens Energy, Inc.