How to Dispose of Old Computers
As technology continues to advance, a computer that was purchased just a few short years ago can quickly seem outdated. Almost everyone has had old computers sitting around their house or business at some point. It is often unclear what should be done with worn out electronics. Many fail to realize until it’s far too late that just throwing that old equipment in the trash is NOT the way to go. Disposing of an old computer is one thing – disposing of that computer in the safe and proper way is something else entirely.
Why It’s Important to Recycle Old Computers
According to DoSomething.org, 2.37 short tons of electronic devices computers, mice, keyboards, cell phones and television sets were discarded by their users in 2009 alone. Not only does this type of electronic waste represent approximately 2% of the trash in landfills across the country, but it also represents roughly 70% of the toxic waste being created on an annual basis.
When Does a Computer Need to Be Disposed Of?
As computers age, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) often stop supporting them after a specified period of time. As that device stops receiving software updates, it becomes increasingly vulnerable to things like viruses and malicious attacks – particularly if it is still connected to the Internet. There will come a point where using that old computer is literally dangerous, to say nothing of how cumbersome the experience will be because it’s running on such old software and with so few hardware resources. These types of computers are ones that are ideal candidates for disposal.
Old Computer Recycling Considerations
One of the most important things that a person needs to remember to do BEFORE disposing of an old computer involves removing all of the personal and sensitive data contained inside it. Even if a computer is being recycled because it is largely “broken,” information like bank statements, credit card receipts, social security numbers and more can still be recovered from the internal hard disk drive by someone who knows what they’re doing. ALWAYS make an effort to completely wipe any and all hard drives or other storage devices BEFORE getting rid of your old equipment – the importance of this cannot be overstated.
Bass Computer Recycling
At Bass Computer Recycling, we offer a wide range of disposal options for computers, smart phones and other surplus electronics that you may have. Our comprehensive disposal and recycling process first begins with a thorough evaluation – after weighing and separating all devices that you bring to us, our team of experts will then determine the best course of action to take. Some old computers may be fit for refurbishment, for example, while others are prime candidates for either proper recycling or de-manufacturing.
After all equipment is cleaned, tested and inspected, older computers that are not fit to be refurbished are then dismantled so that the materials inside can be separated and properly disposed of. This not only helps make sure that sensitive information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, but it also prevents the creation of more environmentally hazardous electronic waste. All IT equipment that we receive, regardless of age, quality or condition, is handled in the most environmentally friendly manner given the circumstances at all times.
If you’d like to find out more information about how to dispose of old computers, or if you’re interested in learning more about the topic of e-waste and electronics recycling in general, please contact Bass Computer Recycling today.