For businesses in particular computer recycling has become a prominent issue in recent years, firstly because the need to be more sustainable in business is an ever growing area and secondly because of the onset of constant technology upgrades computer recycling has become a vitally important topic. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that if every business in the UK replaced their computer equipment every one, two or five years and sent their old equipment to landfills we would have a major environmental problem. An important figure to bear in mind is that 99% of all computers can be recycled meaning that even if old computers are not working and cannot be used by others – the parts in them can be broken down and used to make many other products and even new computers!
Many individuals and businesses do not take recycling seriously, however following the implementation of the EU’s Waste and Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive in 2003 businesses including schools and other educational institutions are forced to think about how they are going to dispose of their old electrical products in order to abide by the guidelines introduced. Computers are classed as hazardous waste because if they are burned toxins that are poisonous to people are put in to the air, or if computers are sent to landfill the internal parts within the systems that use substances such as lead and mercury can cause problems to plants, animals and humans in the form of water contamination when these substances are leaked in to the soil.
A great way to carry out computer recycling is to get in touch with a professional hardware buy it back company who can take the stress out of knowing what to do with your old equipment. They will buy back your old hardware products and ensure that all data is deleted from computers, they test them and recycle them by selling them to other companies if possible. As a last resort complete computer disposal will be taken care of from the company providing you with the correct certification for your records.
In summary ensuring that your business or school is on top of computer recycling is not only a cost effective way to enhance your IT budget it also ensures that corporate social responsibilities are met. I urge everyone to take computer recycling seriously in order to protect our environment now and help to sustain our natural resources by reusing products instead of constantly buying new.