November 11, 2014

5 Steps of Electronic Recycling

Tossing away your computer in the trash could leave your personal information vulnerable. Your computer has so much more potential than filling a garbage dump. Read the following to learn more about the electronics recycling process so you can make the most out of your old equipment.

Component Analysis: Computer recycling begins with a dissection of the donated machine. Computers and consumer electronics are full of reusable resources. However, these parts must be distinguished from non-renewable resources and potentially toxic leftovers. Iron, gold, and other precious metals are collected for re-use. Remaining lead, mercury, and arsenic are disposed of safely. This process saves landfills from computer parts that could contaminate groundwater.

Organization: Once useful and non-renewable parts have been harvested, the pieces must be sorted. A shredder reduces the computer or equipment to debris and automatic screening techniques remove valuable components from the trash. Smelters are used to further purify samples and collect precious remainders.

Safety Management: The toxic fumes and shredded particles produced from the recycling process must be caught. This integral part of the electronics recycling process prevents additional toxic materials from being released into the atmosphere.

Security Measures: Hard drives and data storage devices can be notoriously difficult to clean for the average consumer. Most recycling companies will promise to erase your data or ensure the data storage device is destroyed. This prevents your personal data from getting into the wrong hands.

Donation: Many working recycled computers avoid the shredding process and return to the world as a refurbished machine. After cosmetic repairs and a memory wipe, your computer is ready for second life as a donated machine. Many schools districts are the recipients of these computers, allowing students to work with computers at an early age.

Recycling your computer produces benefits for you, your community, and the planet. To learn more about how Vintage Tech Recyclers can help you get your used computer back into use or safely recycled. For more information or directions, call us at (877) 625-7945 or browse our website.