Top Tips for Disposing of Old Computer Equipment

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So you’ve just unpacked your exciting new Apple Laptop, monitor, speaker system or whatever must have piece of electronics you’ve been yearning after for the past few months, and now it’s time to get rid of its predecessor so you can settle your new purchase into its new home. Before you throw your old out though be careful that you’re not about to cause some serious dame to the environment and in some areas break the law. Here are some tips which will help you to Disposing of Old Computer Equipment.

Electronic equipment normally contains a number of highly toxic materials that, although safe when sealed in your device, can do the environment some serious damage if your product is dumped in the ground.  Did you know that the average monitor contains 5lb of lead which if released into the atmosphere can lead to serious health problems for those living in the surrounding areas.

In some areas it’s a legal requirement that you find other ways to dispose of your equipment, and even in those where it isn’t you should feel morally obliged too.

So how should you get rid of your old equipment?

Well one of the best ways is to give it away to someone else, the vast majority of computer equipment being dumped now days isn’t actually broken, instead it’s just a little out dated.  If this is the case for you ask friends and family, look on the internet even and see if you can find someone or maybe a charitable cause that could benefit from your old machine, not everyone will have as demanding needs as you, and to some people a slow machine is better than none at all.

Even if your computer has died on you it doesn’t mean that nobody wants it, there are loads of people out there who make repairs or even build whole new computers using parts from other machines.  Just because your computer has stopped working doesn’t mean that each of its individual parts are broken, you could really help someone out by donating it as parts.

Sometimes of course you really will have to dispose of your computer equipment, even then however it’s not ok to just put it out with your regular house hold refuse, you need to find a place that will break down the parts in a safe manner.  Many local refuse centres will have areas that do this if you take the machine specifically to them and some can even arrange a collection.  If you are fortunate enough to live in an area like this, this is the best way to dispose of your machine.

If not you’ll have to do some research to find a company that will do this for you, many shops that sell electronics will have a service like this or be able to pint you in the right direction.  If not the internet will no doubt be able to suggest something in your area.  These services may sometimes cost a small fee.  It might seem excessive to pay to get rid of something, but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s better to pay the fee than risk damaging the environment and possibly break the law. I hope all above tips will help you in Disposing of Old Computer Equipment.

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Vishal Gaikar

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I am Vishal Gaikar, Software Engineer, Web Addicted,
Living in Maharashtra, India.
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