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Why You Should Always Recycle Computers

September 20, 2017.

Technology moves at an incredible pace. So fast, in fact, it often seems a new computer is almost obsolete within a matter of months. What are you supposed to do with an old laptop or desktop when you upgrade? You know you can’t toss it into a dumpster, but do you know why?

Computers contain more than just your precious personal information; they also contain cadmium, chromium, dioxins, mercury and radioactive isotopes. A single fifteen-inch computer monitor can contain up to a pound-and-a-half of lead, which can easily leach into groundwater if discarded inappropriately.

Conserving Resources and Protecting Our Communities

There’s more to recycling than just reusing items, though there is a huge benefit to conserving natural resources. When you recycle computers, you’re helping to provide materials that don’t have to be mined, processed or created to make new components. There’s a reason why computers are so expensive: the inside of your computer is home to precious metals like platinum, gold and silver. Those are materials that are well worth retrieving.

Of equal importance, however, is the impact on your local environment. You’d never knowingly dump a box of radioactive or toxic materials on the ground in your community, but you’re doing just that if you allow your computer to go to a landfill. As the contents are washed into waterways or contaminate the soil, the area where you live is directly affected.

How to Recycle Computers and Components

Many major computer manufacturers offer recycling programs that effectively “de-manufacture” your laptop, desktop, printer or monitor. Some offer free shipping when you purchase a new model, but none offer in-home or on-site business pickup. You’ll also have to make sure any lithium ion batteries are removed and shipped according to specialized guidelines.

Local e-waste recycling centers are another option, though these also do not typically offer any type of pickup service. You’ll need to disconnect all peripherals, remove any batteries and transport your own electronic waste to the facility, once you’ve located one that accepts computer parts. Not all e-waste facilities accept all types of electronics, so you’ll need to do some careful research prior to hauling everything to a facility.

Before you take advantage of these programs, or any others, you’ll want to make sure all your data has been purged from the computer to help guard against identity theft. You’ll also want to double-check that all your valuable data, like pictures and important files, have been securely backed up on an external drive.

At this point, our experienced Jiffy Junk technicians will come to your home or place of business anywhere in Nassau or Suffolk Counties to appropriately uninstall and package your computer for transport to a local recycling facility. You don’t have to do any legwork to find the right drop-off location or expend energy on dismantling the system before it’s transported. All you have to do is back up your files, wipe the hard drive and call Jiffy Junk.

We’ll make sure your computer doesn’t end up in a landfill, either in your community or on the other side of the planet.


Call today: 844-543-3966.

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