When it’s time to get rid of your old computer equipment, it’s important to do it in a way that is both safe and secure. Electronics contain a variety of hazardous materials, like lead, mercury, and cadmium, which pose serious risks to human health and the environment if they aren’t disposed of properly.
Recycle Old Computer Equipment Safely and Securely
Back It Up
Before you do anything else, make sure to back up any important data from your old computer. You can do this using an external hard drive, USB flash drive, or cloud storage service.
Once you’ve backed up your data, you need to erase it from your old computer. This helps protect your personal and financial information from falling into the wrong hands.
There are lots of different ways to erase your data, but the only way we recommend that ensures no data gets left behind is physical data destruction.
At RetirePC, we have an advanced shredder that can destroy thousands of hard drives in an hour. Within a matter of seconds, any trace data left on your drive will be no more!
Types of Equipment You Can Recycle
The following types of computer equipment can be recycled:
- Desktop computers
- Fax machines
- Networking equipment
- Peripherals (mice, keyboards, cables)
Benefits of Recycling or Selling Your Computer Equipment
There is a great deal of upside for both the environment and your business:
E-waste is one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the world. By recycling your old computer equipment, you can help to reduce the amount of e-waste that ends up in landfills.
Conserve Natural Resources
Recycling computer equipment helps to conserve natural resources, such as metals, plastics, and glass. These resources can then be used to make new products rather than extracting new raw materials.
Reduce Greenhouse Emissions
Manufacturing new computer equipment requires a lot of energy, which produces greenhouse gasses. By recycling your old computer equipment, you can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.
Protect Human Health
E-waste contains a variety of hazardous materials, including lead, mercury, and cadmium, which can pose a serious risk to human health if they are not disposed of properly. By recycling your old computer equipment, you can help protect human health from the harmful effects of e-waste.
Save (Or Even Make!) Money
Recycling computer equipment can save businesses money on their waste disposal costs. RetirePC, for a local example, offers rebates for recycled electronics.
However, we can only offer the best price for your electronics based on their state of deterioration. Therefore, the sooner you retire your electronics at our Dallas electronic recycling center, the more you’ll profit.
RetirePC Pays You for Your Old Computer Equipment
Recycling your old computer equipment is a great way to protect the environment and your business. By following the tips above, you can recycle your electronics safely and securely — and rest in the knowledge that you’ve accomplished a lot more than just a tech cleanout.
For a partner in properly disposing of your computers and other electronics, look no further than RetirePC. We’re the R1-certified recycling experts that Dallas trusts to take care of their outdated equipment. Contact RetirePC today and dispose of your tech in a way you can feel great about!