Computer recycling is big business worldwide. Over the past few decades, computer hardware and software have gotten better and less expensive. As a result, individuals and businesses frequently replace their obsolete computer equipment every few years, creating the need for stringent local, state and national environmental regulations designed to keep hazardous materials found in computers and peripherals from ending up in landfills.
These hazardous materials include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium and other toxic heavy metals.
According to a 2013 EPA study, Americans generated approximately 2.37 million tons of electronics waste in 2009, and 75 percent was incinerated or disposed of in landfills.
In addition to the environmental impact, disposing of computers and other electronics in landfills also presents a privacy risk. Computers that are left out for curbside trash removal or discarded in dumpsters are easy prey for identity thieves. According to a study conducted by Safelink.io, “dumpster diving” is now one of the primary ways identity thieves get access to personal and business information.
Computer Recycling Methods
Did you know that almost 100% of computer components can be safely recycled and reused or re-manufactured?
A number of computer and electronics manufacturers and resellers also offer “take back” programs in which they handle the disposal of obsolete computer equipment and certain electronics. There is typically no cost for these programs, but you may be required to provide documentation proving that you actually own the equipment you’re recycling. Some programs require that you take the equipment to a specific authorized facility, or that you ship the equipment to a central collection center for recycling.
Another convenient option is having your computers and electronics recycled at a qualified local recycling center. Due to the stringent regulations associated with computer and electronics recycling, not all recyclers offer these services.
Computer Recycling FAQs
Computer Recycling in the Austin Area
All American Recycling offers computer and electronics recycling in Austin and surrounding area, and complies with all local, state and federal regulations. And unlike some other local computer recycling centers, we deal directly with the metal mills that ultimately purchase the materials. This allows us to offer our customers the best possible prices for their scrap electronics, computers and peripheral equipment.
Call us at 512-243-1183 to learn more about our computer and electronics recycling services in Austin or to schedule a drop-off.