Disposing Of Business Computers With Efficient Recycling

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Getting rid of a lot of old computers is a logistical challenge. Just carrying the computers outside isn't enough in some cases; there are local trash collection regulations to follow, and some areas even have fines to penalize businesses that don't follow the rules. To avoid electronic waste fines while making the removal process less intensive on business finances, here are a few business-level recycling policies to understand and enact.

Recycling Whole Computer Units

The easiest way to recycle old computer systems is to turn the entire unit in, but it's not as simple as yanking the computers out of the walls. At least, it's not so easy if you want to keep future costs down.

Are your systems being removed by a third party company, your own technical department, or non-technical employees? For the last two options, make sure that at least a brief training of computer accessory layout and safety takes place.

This is to avoid damaging the cables and connections that can be used on the next set of systems. Although computers can become obsolete within 3 or 4 years, the connections that they use can stay relevant for an entire decade, and will only need to be removed when broken or when a drastically new technology is introduced.

Make sure that you understand the pay rate for recyclable systems. This means knowing what the daily payout rate for recycling is, and understanding how the recycling center came up with that number. It should be derived from the value of the parts inside, so you need to know how much of the specific materials such as aluminum, copper, or gold are in the system.

You can still use a dumpster for recycling, but it needs to be marked and located in a physically different location from the standard garbage container to avoid mixing standard trash with recyclables.

Parts And Materials-Level Recycling

When you check the whole computer recycling rates, you may discover that the listed rates are outdated or that they don't match what your system has. This isn't always the case, but it's worth investigating.

Have a computer professional dismantle a sample computer to the component level and start looking at the different recyclable materials. You don't need to file down shavings of small metal nubs to figure out if there's a few cents of difference, but if there are large components such as heat sinks that aren't being considered, bring it up with the recycling center.

Recycling at the individual level in this way is more time consuming, but helpful if you're not getting a fair whole computer rate. It's also helpful if your business has a growing stock of recyclable materials or salvaged computer parts.

Contact a dumpster rental professional at a company like Contractors Disposal Inc to discuss dumpsters, recycling bins, hand carry totes, and other safe disposal needs.

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