Computer Recycling and Disposal by Junk Xpress

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Computer Recycling and Disposal Near You

Computer technology is changing so quickly that a computer built three years ago suddenly becomes obsolete and so we evolve with it by replacing our laptops, computers, and tablets often.

When it is time to upgrade, how do you dispose of the old computer? Laptops and tablets are made from electrical components: plastics, glass, and chemicals. These materials harm the environment if not properly disposed of. Unfortunately, many waste management companies do not accept electronics with their regular trash collection.

Convenient PC & laptop disposal service

Our computer-disposing experts here at JUNK XPRESS can help!  Small items from  home or a larger load of equipment from an office or school, we can handle it. We dispose, we recycle, do the loading, recycle the recyclables, and donate what we can..

Here is how our service works:

1. Simply call, chat, or request a no-obligation online quote.

2. Our friendly, uniformed truck team will contact you shortly before your scheduled appointment window.

3. When we arrive, just point to the old or broken computer you want removed and we will haul your computer away and finish by tidying up the area.

We will recycle and donate whatever we can, whenever possible.

How do I dispose of or recycle old computers and laptops?

We all want to make sure we are being responsible planet stewards and when it is time to dispose of our computers, you will want to know the best and most environmentally friendly way to go about doing it. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has specific guidelines for consumer computer disposal. Old computers should be reused or donated first, recycled next, and then disposed of as a last resort.

How you can handle computer or laptop disposal:

  1. Back up any important data you want to keep in a cloud or on a flashdrive.
  2. De-authorize any programs you need an account or lisence to run.
  3. Remove any sensitive data, such as bank statements or tax returns, with a data removal program.
  4. Delete your browsing history.
  5. Consult with your employers about any company data disposal policies.
  6. Uninstall your programs, such as Microsoft Office or ecommerce programs that may save your personal information.
  7. Complete a full factory reset on your computer to delete any saved preferences.
  8. If the computer is unusable, consider removing your hard drive and destroying it by hand or with a tool such as a hammer or drill.
  9. If you choose to sell it, advertise online or take it in to a computer retailer to find out about trade-in options.
  10. If your computer still works, consider donating it to family, friends, or any computer-based charities in your area.
  11. If you choose to recycle your laptop, reach out to your local electronics recycler and ask about drop-off policies.
  12. As a last resort, throw your old laptop away with your garbage, however, be aware that throwing computers into local landfills is not legal in every city.

Be aware and educate yourself on the potential hazards when throwing your old computers into the garbage and what it can cause.

How are computers recycled?

Recycling involves breaking the items down and reusing their recyclable materials, such as metals, plastics, and electrical components to create new and valuable products.

Computers are made from a variety of valuable sources, such as:

  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Lead
  • Gold
  • Silicon
  • Tin
  • Iron
  • Cadmium
  • Plastic
  • Palladium

Many of these materials can be melted down and repeatedly without altering their properties. Take your computers and electronic devices directly to the recycling facility to ensure proper disposal and recycling.

Can you throw a computer or laptop in the trash?

Throwing these items into landfills and dumps can cause irreversible harm to the environment. There is a small chance that the e-waste you throw in the garbage will be separated and recycled properly and an even smaller chance that someone might salvage it before it gets collected.

Once in the landfill, it may sit there for years. The toxic metals and flame retardants contained inside can slowly leak out, damaging the soil and local water supply. The computer materials that don't break down naturally, will continue to burden the surrounding area by taking up valuable space in the landfill.

Make sure it it is brought directly to a recycling facility to avoid this situation.

The recycling facility will then use mechanical shredding and a high-tech separation device to take out the usable metals while the plastics and other materials are separated and reused whenever possible.

Why is it important to recycle or properly dispose of old computers?

Recycling e-waste prevents harmful materials from negatively affecting the environment. Proper computer disposal reduces the need to use non-renewable raw materials to create new products which means using less energy, less financial resources, and having less of an impact on areas that would be mined and destroyed.

The computer materials which are environmental hazards include:

  • Mercury
  • Lithium-ion
  • Lead
  • Dioxins
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Chromium
  • Radioactive isotopes
  • Cadmium

Most dumps will not accept computer disposal and may also fine you if you put your old computers out with the trash.

How do I dispose of old, broken computer monitors?

Computer screens contain lead, metals, and other chemicals that can damage the environment and do not belong in the trash.

How you can responsibly get rid of your old computer monitor:

  1. Unplug your monitor for safety and clean it with paper towels and rubbing alcohol.
  2. Reach out to local computer retailers and ask out about trade-in, second hand buying, or recycling programs.
  3. If you want to make a few dollars, advertise your old monitor online to potential local buyers
  4. If you can’t recycle, trade in, or sell your old monitor, contact local thrift stores and electronics charities to ask about acceptable donations.
  5. When you are ready to drop your monitor off, place it in your vehicle face down on top of a blanket or towel to protect the screen

Save yourself the hassle of transporting bulky computer monitors and reach out to JUNK XPRESS today!

What parts can be recycled in a computer?

Computers are made of reusable recyclable components, such as power cords, motherboards, hard drives, RAM, graphic cards, keyboards, aluminum casing, and disk drives. Whole or broken, these can be used to create new products post recycling.

What should I do with my old computer?

If the device still works, here are some other useful things you can do instead of throwing it out:

  • Donate unwanted laptops and tablets to local schools, charities, or other nonprofit organizations.
  • Recycle it at a local recycling facility.
  • Scrap it for parts.
  • Gift it to a friend or family member.
  • Use it for gaming.
  • Set it up in the living room as a communal computer.
  • Sell it online or to a friend.
  • Use it as an experimental computer.
  • Convert your old computer into a home server or network-attached storage unit.

Outdated computers still have value and there are multiple ways to keep their e-waste out of landfills.

We take all types of personal computers

  • Laptops And Notebooks
  • Desktop Computers
  • Monitors & Displays
  • Tablets
  • Mini-Computers
  • Workstations
  • Rack-Mount Or Blade Servers
  • Personal Computers