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How do Companies Recycle Computers?

Feb 16, 2017

If you have any personal or business computers which have lost their usefulness to you, do not throw them out as they can be recycled. How do companies recycle computers? Various waste disposal companies and recycling companies actually offer services to come pick up and recycle these computers for you.

How do Companies Recycle Computers?

Why do Computers need to be Recycled?

Computers contain lots of dangerous materials which should not be released into the environment. Along the same lines, computers also contain many valuable metals such as silver, copper, and gold which can be extracted and re-purposed. Recycling computers helps the environment as well by limiting the amount of waste entering landfills in addition to limiting the amount of mining to extract the precious metals used to created computers.

Data Destruction

Typically, the first step during the recycling of any computer is to wipe it of all data. Electronic waste handled by BWS is searched for data and all data is either destroyed by reformatting or physical destruction (grinding). Then, once the data has been destroyed, the left-over components must still be recycled or re-purposed in some form or fashion.

Donations for Non-profit

Those computers which have been properly reformatted by a professional electronic waste service could donate that computer to a non-profit. The choice of whether to donate computers and/or computer components to non-profits is ultimately left-up to the company getting rid of the waste to being with.

removing computer components for recycling

Recycling Computers for Raw Materials

The second method for how companies recycle computers is through the actual physical destruction and recycling of the computer. Within computers are many precious and valuable metals such as silver, copper, and gold. Recycling companies will melt down and salvage these metals for reuse to help to limit future mining for these metals.

If you’re looking for more information on how companies recycle computers and to find out how your company should recycle its computers, get in touch with an electronic waste service company today. BWS Inc is a regulated waste solutions company specializing in the effective recycling and disposal of electronic waste. For a free quote on our services, give us a call at 800-660-6581 or fill out the form on our website today!

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