CDS was founded in 2006 by Phil Saraiva and Jim Saraiva in response to a story they heard. The story went like this:
Jim was employed recycling computers when he began speaking with an employee of a large account. This employee, whom we shall call X, mentioned to Jim that he had on hand approximately 200-300 hard drives that needed to be destroyed, but he couldn’t hand them over to Jim… for an interesting reason.
Several years prior, this large company had experienced a security breach, and, consequently, had implemented an information security policy to prevent future breaches.
According to the new policy, each of eight locations now stockpiled their hard drives, and, periodically, the Head of Security for the company personally drove to each location, secured the drives, and transported them to the North East to be shredded. Each location typically stockpiled 1,000 hard drives for a total of 8,000 to be transported and destroyed.
Ah-ha! A lightbulb flashed on for the Saraiva brothers.
“Wouldn’t it be more efficient and also much, much more security-conscious,” they wondered, “for one truck with a very large shredder to drive to eight individual locations rather than hard drives from eight locations being stockpiled, collected, and transported many miles across the country?”
Discussions commenced, Phil hopped on research, a truck was procured from eBay, and the business was born.