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There's many ways to recycle old computers. Here I'll cover them all, give you the pros and cons of each, and let you jump for the one that's best.
First things first. Before you do anything else, always dash with these two things:
With that said, when you consider the following options, I hope you aspire to benefit the environment.
Donate your old computers to charity
Your heart is in the right place if you would donate your old computers. If done properly the donations could help schools, the poor, etc.
If the charity is going to recycle or liquidate your old computers to get cash for something it represents, you must think twice.
According to the United Nations, 60 Minutes and Scientific American, 70% of all recycled or liquidated computers in America end up being shipped to Guiyu China to be dismantled by the hands of underprivileged ex-farm workers.
Using medieval times like methods, these individuals poison themselves and their entire community partly by burning the plastics from circuit boards so as to recover the precious metals.
Pay shipping or otherwise to dispose of your old computers
At least you'll have some space cleared in the garage, closet, or in your workspace.
Shipping can be expensive. Do you really want to part with much cash to recycle your old computers? Why should you?
Sell your old computers to recyclers for cash
Cash never hurts. And there are times when you may be truly in need and
However, this in my opinion is one of the surest ways to guarantee your computers end up being shipped overseas to be dismantled by hand and completely poison the environment and the population.
The reason for this is because used computers are worth very little when recycled here in America. When they are broken down to their commodity materials and sold to refineries the materials fetch about a dollar per pound.
So, if your old computer weighs about 25 pounds, do the math. You'll see that it isn't possible to make much when the recycling business pays you for it, covers the pick-up, pays their labor to dismantle it, pays for running the machinery which grinds and sorts it, and other overhead expenses.
They can only make back the money they paid you by shipping it overseas to be processed for pennies on the dollar with primitive tools done in unsafe environments.
Refurbish and resell your old computers online
If you are capable of refurbishing your own computer, well may I suggest just upgrading it and simply keeping it. That could save you a bundle, and also delay the inevitable recycling of the machine.
However, you may get some cash online. You could sell your machine on eBay and try to recoup something for it.
In this economy countless companies have gone out of business. This has caused a huge injection of old computers to come onto the market. They're everywhere for under fifty bucks as we speak.
This means many computers for sale online are not being purchased, at all. There are a handful of sites now that are giving them away for free, in working condition!
So, you must have a lot of patience, and be prepared to spend more time and energy than you may earn.
Recycle old computers for free*
This seems like the best of all methods to run with because it's the least hassle. It takes the least out of your pocket. It is a very quick and easy way to get the old computers out of your life. And, it can be the most environmentally friendly method.
Be careful once again that your choice of recycling company will not ship it overseas.
Other than that, you may have to package up your old computer to be shipped to, or picked up by, the recycling center.
So, all in all, I encourage you to recycle old computers for free with All Electronics Recycling who is your one-stop source for free online storage, data destruction, disposal and recycling of anything with an electric cord; 100% focused on reducing, reusing and recycling responsibly.
Schedule your free electronics recycling pick-up today!
All Electronics Recycling is currently picking up most everything with an electric cord in your neighborhood (commercial or residential) for reuse or recycling.
So, I suggest filling out the form up on the right or calling us now at (800) 924-0884 to be scheduled in our pick-up routes.
P.S. Also, please ask your friends, family, and colleagues if they need to recycle old computers, so we may pick it all up on the same trip as well. We can always come back next month, although that may increase our carbon footprint, so please act now.
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