As you know, you can’t just throw a computer away. Not only do old computers physically contain potentially hazardous parts and materials, sensitive private information can be stored on them that can compromise you or your company’s security. Proper disposal isn’t as simple as clicking “delete” and chucking it in a bin. There’s a specific method to protect you and the environment. Keep reading to learn how to get rid of an old computer. When you deliver your computer to a reputable recycling facility, their technicians will first examine your computer and sort it among others according to quality and type of materials. Next the computer is disassembled. They remove the screen and recycle the glass. Some computer manufacturers will take back old computer screens to use in their new models. The exterior casing is shredded, along with the keyboard. Next the technicians will
remove the computer hard drives. They’ll take it fully apart to access the actual disc, which they’ll destroy. This will fully ensure that no information can ever be accessed, protecting your sensitive information. Then recyclers take apart the inner mechanics. Some electric components in computers can contain contaminants. CRTs, for example, sometimes have lead parts. Circuit boards can contain mercury, cadmium, beryllium, or brominated flame retardant components. These chemicals could wreak havoc on the natural environment. The recyclers must isolate these materials in this step and ensure they don’t end up in a landfill. Electrical components without hazardous material are removed and sorted. Occasionally, manufacturers can use these to rebuild newer models. If not, recyclers disassemble them for valuable scrap metals like aluminum, copper, and gold. These materials are sold back to electronics manufacturers to produce new computer parts. Nearly every part of a computer can be recycled in some capacity. With a responsible recycler, little to nothing will end up in a landfill. It’s good for the environment and it cuts down on prices for consumers! Secure Waste is one of the top providers of waste management in Orlando. We have years of experience in computer disposal. We keep up to date on all federal and local laws and regulations on e-waste, so you can be sure your company is safe from any lawsuits or fines. We believe in safety, efficiency, and a clean Earth, and we’re committed to helping you do your part. Call us today to find out more.