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August 31, 2011

How Electronics Recycling Can Give your Old Computer a Second Life

Clear up some space in your garage and donate your old computer to a good cause. These tips can show your old computer can protect the environment and improve the lives of those less fortunate.

  • Donations Mean Your Computer Lives On: More recently, just a few years brings significant progress in consumer computers. Your “obsolete” models may not hold as much memory or be as fast as this year’s model, but they aren’t garbage. Keeping your personal tower and monitor out of a landfill can benefit the lives of others. Students and lower income families who that might benefit from having a computer could be using yours. Most computer recyclers will offer you a service that wipes or destroys your storage disks, meaning your personal information is protected and a new owner is afforded a fresh start.
  • Recycling the Key Components: Even if your computer is not functioning, a majority of it can be recycled. Up to 99% of the materials from consumer electronics can be reused or renewed for sale. Electronic-grade plastic material is one of the most prevalent and recyclable materials. Additionally, internal components of a computer are filled with precious metals, like silver, lead, and aluminum. Automated processes shred your computer, guaranteeing your security and retrieving these precious metals. Recycling also prevents the toxic materials from being released in the atmosphere.  Alternatively, if your computer is in good working order, many of its components can be refurbished and reinstalled into a new computer.  

 With electronics recycling, your computer has an opportunity to leave a continued legacy. Whether saving the environment as recyclable materials or in the hands of a happy new user, you can prevent electronic waste. For more information on how you can make a difference with your used computer, call Vintage Tech Recyclers at (877) 625-7945.