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Should I Recycle My Computer?

Posted by Mike Hurt on Mar 24, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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Electronic waste like computers, cell phones, and other home electronics represents just 2% of America’s trash but accounts for more than 70% of its toxic waste. This “e-waste” is becoming a significant global problem, contributing to pollution in ecosystems and water supplies. Dumping e-waste into regular garbage collection facilities and landfills contributes to this significant problem. As a result, almost half of U.S. states now have laws requiring authorized disposal or recycling of electronics waste. One significant step to combat this problem is computer recycling.


Why are Computer Recycling Services Necessary? 


By recycling your unwanted electronics, you ensure that they are kept out of landfills and reduce the effects of lead, mercury, cadmium, and other harmful elements in our environment. This helps keep our water systems and our soil clean and our communities healthy. 

Some end-of-life IT assets still have considerable market value. Computers or equipment that are still functional and useful can be refurbished and resold as cost-effective alternatives to new computers. Or, they can be donated to charities, non-profit organizations, or others in need both in the U.S. and through overseas charitable programs.

Even non-functional devices can often be repaired and reused in many different ways. Individual working components can be tested, refurbished, and resold to customers as replacement or add-on parts.

If a piece of equipment is unrepairable or too-outdated, a professional recycling facility can break it down into raw materials such as iron, steel, aluminum, and gold. Hazardous materials such as lead, mercury and cadmium are then properly disposed of and recyclable materials can be converted into new products.


Other Advantages of Recycling Your Computer

One of the concerns many individuals and businesses have is preserving the integrity and confidentiality of the data stored on the machines. Even (or especially) if they are non-operational, you may worry about it being possible for someone to access and misuse your sensitive data if you dispose of your data storage devices in an insecure way. A professional recycling service will provide you with a certificate of destruction or other assurances that your data has been securely erased. You'll know that your confidential or sensitive business and client information isn't at risk of exposure and will be able to eliminate your risk of liability for data or confidentiality breaches. 


Earn Money with Computer Recycling

Some computer resellers provide opportunities for you to trade in electronics and computer equipment. Their technicians should evaluate the condition of your trade-in, research the value of your equipment, and offer you cash or credit towards purchases. Especially if you have a working computer that you want to upgrade but don’t want to deal with selling, this can be a great option.

Generally, the cut-off point to get trade-in value for computers or laptops is 5 years of age, although computers that were state-of-the-art when purchased may still have resale value for some of their component parts. Even if your machine is broken, a computer recycler who builds and resells refurbished machines may be able to use its components.


Whether you recycle because it’s good for the environment or good for your bottom line, proper disposal of your unwanted computer equipment and e-waste just makes sense. Dymin can help you take care of your home and business computer waste in an earth-friendly manner. We also accept a wide variety of portable electronics, scrap metal, and other e-waste. Plus, if your business has ten or more pieces of equipment you’d like to recycle, we’ll make a trip to your location to pick it up, free of charge! Contact Dymin Computer Systems today online or at 800-811-3661 to find out more or make an appointment for pickup. 


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Topics: computer recycling, computer maintenance