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Dec 2013

What To Do With A Desktop Computer?

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What To Do With A Desktop Computer?The old computer that has been collecting dust in the closet is taking up more space than you would like to give it. It had a great run, but it’s time to send it away to computer heaven. After dropping it off at a collection event or a recycler, you may wonder what happens next. There are a few different methods as to how it can be recycled, but for the most part, it is done manually. This is usually the most effective method to recover the most value from the obsolete machine and ensure data destruction.

Here are a few commonly asked questions about computer disassembly:

Q-Is my computer worth more if I take it apart myself?
A-It all depends upon where you end up taking it. A collection event may donate the money raised to a charity. In this situation, everyone wins. If you end up taking the computer to a recycler, they will pay you based on the current market value. With that being said, the recycler has already taken into account the value of the different commodities inside of a computer. Unless you have considerable volume, it doesn’t pay to take it apart yourself.

Q-What’s coming out of my computer ?
A-There a number of materials that come out a computer: mother board, video cards, processors, memory, lithium-ion batteries, power supplies, hard drives, disc drives, aluminum, copper, fans, plastics and steel. Each item has a distinct market value that changes daily. All of these materials are sorted and separated so that they can be refined to their base commodities and returned back into the market as new material.

Q-Should I remove my hard drive?
A-It all depends upon where you are taking your computer. If you trust the recycler to safely recycle your desktop, you could also assume that they will properly dispose of your hard drive. The hard drive is the only item in your desktop that actually contains your data. Destroying it yourself is an option, however it can be dangerous and should be shredded by a recycler to ensure that all data is destroyed. Often, a recycler will provide certificates of destruction.

Q-Can I throw my computer out with the trash?
A-Depending upon where you live, there may be electronics recycling available during specific days of the month. However, throwing your computer away along with the trash is most definitely a bad idea. The computer contains toxic materials that are extremely hazardous if not processed correctly. Also, your data is at risk once the computer leaves your possession. Do some research and find an environmentally friendly solution for your old electronics

Though this may not answer all of your questions, we at ecoTech are here to help in any way that we possibly can. Making smart decisions with your obsolete, broken, or scrap electronics is key to helping the environment. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions!

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