With new computers entering the market every now and then, many people keep changing computers to stay abreast with the latest in technology . Buying new computers is easy; getting rid of the old is the difficult part. It’s not advisable to just dump your old computer in a landfill; it has to be recycled, and for many reasons.
The first reason for recycling computers is that computers are a major contributor to electronic waste. They have toxic components that are dangerous to the environment. However by recycling electronics, 95% of these materials can be diverted from landfills.
If old PC computer is left in landfills, the lead in its Cathode Ray Tubes will leach into the ground to poison the soil and water supplies. Besides lead, computer equipment contains other hazardous material like cadmium, mercury, lithium, beryllium and more. By land filling all this, you end up poisoning the environment.
Moreover, electronic products are made from materials like precious and other metals, glass, engineered plastics and other materials that require energy for fabrication. As old TVs, monitors and computers are filled with toxic materials, most garbage collection firms don’t accept them. You may get rid of your computer by leaving it at the curb; but remember that it only ends up in dumps, to again poison earth.
3. Not only are some computer parts dangerous, some of the parts can be refurbished and reused through recycling. By doing this, it will be possible to provide cheap information age tools to those who cannot afford it.
4. Many computer and electronic companies today offer incentives for recycling computers in exchange for your business. Apple and Dell accept iPods and computers and monitors of any brand for free if you buy a similar product from them. Lenovo offers money back on some items while Toshiba accepts any Toshiba or other brand notebook at its shipping cost. Many developed companies have been exporting electronic waste to countries like China for cheap recycling and disposal of e-waste. However this is actually illegal.
It’s better to donate computers that are less than 5 years old to a nonprofit or school based refurbisher and not directly to schools or charity. The refurbisher will wipe out your hard drive and assess the condition of your equipment. When they supply these computers to schools and charity, they ensure it’s in working condition and runs on legal software copies.
With so many answers to why we recycle computers , you too should recycle your old computer if you plan to buy a new one.