There are two kinds of bad garbage: the kind that doesn’t biodegrade, and the hazardous kind that pollutes our environment now. Computers and other electronic waste fall into both categories which is why it is important to recycle computers.
Hazardous materials. It’s important to recycle computers because they usually contain hazardous chemicals and metals that can poison our soil, water, and air. When sent to landfills, computers become dangerous garbage that leaks out hazardous chemicals.
Computers typically contain hazardous materials including mercury, lead, cadmium, lithium, and others. Older computer monitors with cathode ray tubes (like in old televisions) contain lead also.
Nonrenewable materials. The other components of computers include plastics and other engineered materials as well as various metals and precious elements. When we recycle computers, we prevent these materials from sitting permanently in landfills.
Recycle Computers to Follow California Law
The state of California has specific laws governing how to dispose of e-waste like computers. California considers any “covered electronic devices” to be e-waste.
Recycle computers to make sure you follow the laws! If you’re unsure how to recycle electronics, call on junk hauling experts to take care of it for you. This is about taking care of the environment and the people of California as well as protecting the planet.
Find a Loving Home for Usable Items
Keeping up with the latest technologies doesn’t have to mean that your old computers become garbage. You can recycle computers by giving them new life—just find a school, charity, or maybe a neighbor who needs it more than you do!
Your old computer may seem obsolete to you, but children and schools can often find use for any functioning computer. Reusing is even more green than the recycling process, and you can feel good (and maybe even score a tax deduction) by helping someone else.
Don’t Leave a Trail of Personal Info
Privacy is another great reason to recycle computers. Even when everything has been deleted from your computer the normal way, like dragging files to the “trash,” your data can still potentially be recovered by criminals.
Don’t let computers sit around your house forever. Eventually you may forget to take care of the problem. Wipe the hard drive permanently before you recycle computers. Then you’ll rest easy knowing that your personal data and financial information cannot be recovered by the wrong hands.
Finding a location to recycle computers can be difficult. Make it easy by hiring junk hauling services to take care of your electronic waste and any other unwanted debris—Junk King always finds a safe, green disposal method for everything we haul.