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Computer Disposal the Right Way

Do you have an old computer laying around the house or office that is just taking up space? Have you tried to sell the thing, or even give it away, with no luck? It’s time to think about disposing of your computer properly. According to California law, you can’t simply throw away your old computers in the normal trash like you would with other items. What are you supposed to do then?

Old computers that no longer have a functional purpose are considered electronic waste. You may have seen signs or advertisements around Sonoma providing locations and times for events where e-waste is gathered, but getting to these locations can be difficult. While this is one way to responsibly recycle, it’s not ideal due to limited locations and hours. At Junk King, we make following the law and being environmentally responsible quick and easy.

Why Computer Disposal Is Important

Computer Disposal There are several reasons why its important for people like you to handle their computer disposal properly. The first is environmental. Motherboards, memory, hard drives, CPUs and especially monitors contain heavy metals and toxic materials that can contaminate the groundwater and harm local wildlife. Sonoma is a beautiful place that we don’t want to see destroyed by our old, unwanted technology.

Another reason proper electronic waste disposal is important is that even old computers have lots of valuable raw materials in them. These include gold, silver, copper, aluminum, lead and a wide range of other valuable metals. Left to sit unused, these materials can become toxic, but they can be used to manufacture new devices when recycled correctly. This means less mining of new raw materials is required, reducing the amount of damage done to the environment throughout the world.

What Type of Computers Qualify for Electronic Disposal

Junk King is ready to take almost any kind of old computer and computer accessory away for proper electronic disposal. Computers from all brands and of all ages are eligible, so there’s no need to worry about something being too old or in too poor of condition. We’ll even take individual components keyboards, LED screens, printers, external hard drives, RAM, optical drives and video cards. You can trust us to take your old computer parts and make sure they are disposed of in a safe and responsible manner.

How Junk King Makes E-Waste Easy

We know the temptation to simply throw all your old computers in the garbage is strong, but with Junk King, we make everything really easy. There’s no need to worry about sorting your computer parts or worrying about whether or not items will go to the right place. Our computer disposal experts will make sure useable items go to people who need them while recyclables get processed in a responsible, eco-friendly manner. All you have to do is contact us to schedule a pickup and we’ll handle every other aspect of your computer disposal.

Appliance Disposal – Some Important Facts to Consider

When it comes to moving heavy appliances, it is better to leave the work to the experienced haulers. It takes more than muscle to lift these massive appliances; in-depth strategy is also necessary. In some cases, moving equipment is required to ensure a safe haul. If you are thinking about getting rid of an appliance of any sort, do not attempt a DIY (do it yourself) removal project. You run the risk of damaging your home or even hurting yourself when attempting to move an appliance. It is better to let the experienced junk haulers at Junk King do the work.

Appliance Disposal You can Feel Good About

Appliance Disposal Junk King refuses to haul appliances directly to the scrap heap. If the appliance is still working or can be repaired, it might be possible to donate it. Furthermore, parts of the appliance might be recyclable. Let Junk King haul away your appliances and other unwanted items and you will rest easy knowing the greenest junk specialists in the country are exhausting every avenue for re-purposing and recycling. In fact, many of our junk hauling trucks operate on bio diesel made from environmentally-friendly petroleum and other renewable resources. This is appliance disposal you can feel good about!

The Challenge of Removing Appliances

If you are intimidated by the prospect of moving a large appliance, your thinking is justified. Moving an appliance any more than a couple feet takes considerable effort. Even if you have a friend or family member to help, moving the appliance might prove extraordinarily difficult. In fact, moving a large or heavy appliance out of the room might prove impossible. Do the smart thing by contacting Junk King for prompt appliance removal. This way, you won’t have to worry about hurting yourself, damaging your home or finding a place to drop off a massive appliance. Our junk haulers will do all the work on your behalf.

Let the Experienced Haulers Transport Your Appliance

Though it might be tempting to haul an appliance on your own, especially if you own a truck, this type of project is best left to those with experience. As an example, refrigerators and freezers pose a threat in the form of refrigerants that can harm the environment and lead to a significant fine. Other items feature display panels and microprocessors loaded with hazardous and toxic materials. Even a small amount of such toxic material can compromise the integrity of our water and land. The bottom line is only the experienced junk haulers who understand all of the risks associated with transporting an appliance should tackle a project of this magnitude.

Appliance Disposal Done Right is Beneficial to all Parties

Everyone can win if you decide to let the experienced junk haulers haul away your appliances. Plan ahead for your appliance haul, lean on the experts to do the work and this careful removal really will prove mutually beneficial to you, future generations and the environment. When appliances are disposed of in the proper manner, their metals decompose, leak into the soil and cause iron and lead to contaminate our groundwater.

As another example, consider the improper removal of air conditioners that leak Freon into the atmosphere. Freon damages the ozone layer. The proper removal and recycling of air conditioners and other appliances with such chemicals protects the atmosphere as well as our planet.

Contact Junk King for Your Appliance Haul

If you have one or several appliances you would like to get rid of, let us handle the job. Give Junk King a call at (707) 744-4254 or online to schedule your haul.

How to Handle Disposal of Your Household Hazardous Waste

Everyone has them, those mystery cans, bottles, and containers that hold expired cleaning products or other substances that might or might not be household hazardous waste.

At Junk King of Marin, we haul away all kinds of junk except for hazardous waste. But we do know how important it is to keep your home and the earth’s environment safe from waste risks. And with a little education we can all join together to practice safe household hazardous waste disposal.

Read on for some of our top tips to do just that.

What is Hazardous Waste?

Household Hazardous Waste The broad term “household hazardous waste” actually applies to any home or retail-generated hazardous waste. It covers a wide array of products that have the potential to harm the environment if not disposed of properly. This can include things like automotive care products, oil and latex paints, drain cleaners, antifreeze, and other household chemicals.

Proper Storage of Household Hazardous Waste

First, always keep hazardous materials in their original containers. Be sure to store them out of the reach of children and animals and away from food. If you place a hazardous material in another container, make sure it’s clearly labeled, and never store it in empty food or beverage containers. Keep the containers dry to prevent corrosion and store chemical products in a well-ventilated area. To be safe, keep any suspected household hazardous waste away from heat, flames, or other sources of ignition .

Finally, never combine dangerous household hazardous waste with other products .

Read the Label

The EPA considers any leftover household product that can catch fire, explode, or react under certain circumstances as household hazardous waste. Since many of these products contain hazardous ingredients, they require special care when disposing of them. Always follow labeled storage and disposal instructions to avoid personal injury and environmental harm.

And remember, even empty containers of hazardous waste can pose risks due to the residual chemicals that might remain. Always handle with care!

Reduce Household Hazardous Waste

One of the best ways to avoid the risk of contamination is to purchase fewer products that contain hazardous ingredients. The EPA’s Safer Choice Program has some great ideas to get you started.

Hazardous Waste Disposal Questions

Marin County has a zero waste program that helps you properly dispose of your home’s hazardous waste. Your community may also have separate rules and regulations, including how to handle proper disposal of items like batteries and fluorescent tubes, so be sure to check with your local environmental waste agency for the latest disposal information.

At Junk King of Marin, we believe working together on the safe disposal of hazardous waste helps our customers achieve a healthy home, community, and environment.

We also know it’s not always easy figuring out which products can be disposed of in your regular trash and what is considered hazardous. If you suspect you have hazardous chemicals and other materials in your Marin County home, let us help you decide your best disposal options. We’re here to help with:

  • Dedicated customer service.
  • Easy online booking.
  • Identification of hazardous materials.

To learn more about how to properly dispose of your home’s hazardous waste, get in touch with us today. We look forward to helping you create a healthier and safer home!

Here’s What You Need to Know About Household Chemical Waste

Household chemical waste comes in a lot of different forms. Oil-based latex paints, wood varnish, and garden chemicals like pesticides and fertilizer could all be considered household waste because they pose a danger to your health, and even public health, if improperly disposed of.

Household Chemical Waste Can’t be Flushed, Abandoned, or Thrown Away 

Chemical Waste That means that you can’t simply flush household chemical waste down the toilet and call it a day. Something as seemingly innocuous as tile cleaner or carpet cleaner could wind up doing real damage to the environment and local water systems if flushed away or poured down the drain.

At the same time, many personal electronics like computers, monitors, and old cell phones contain heavy metals like lead and mercury that make them dangerous to throw in with the normal trash. The same thing goes for light bulbs and thermometers, which could also contain mercury.

The problem with household chemical waste is that it can leach into the soil if left just anywhere, and it can certainly get into local water systems if flushed down the toilet. For that reason, you need to take extra precautions when disposing of a lot of the stuff in your garage: gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze, and even pool chemicals require special treatment.

Whether you’re talking about stuff in the garage or cleaning products in the cupboard, you’re talking about household hazardous waste. Although Junk King doesn’t take hazardous waste, you can call on Junk King for most other kinds of garage cleanouts: tires, books, boxes, windows, and rubbish.

Pouring out a household cleaner in the regular trash could endanger the health of local sanitation workers, and flushing that same cleaner down the toilet might contaminate your septic tank. In fact, the state of California has for over a decade banned folks from tossing fluorescent bulbs and batteries in the trash because both are considered “universal” waste.

Steps to Reduce Household Chemical Waste 

Both Junk King and the CalRecycle are committed to making it easier to responsibly dispose of household hazardous waste and universal waste. That said, there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of chemical waste in the first place.

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends reducing your purchases of cleaning products that contain hazardous materials. The EPA also says that it would be a good idea to use environmentally friendly products (e.g., greener laundry and dishwasher detergents) or even using DIY alternatives to bug spray where possible.

At the same time, you can often accomplish the same thing as, say, drain-clog removers (a.k.a., Drano) or furniture polish do with much less of a negative impact on the environment. For example, a plunger and plumber’s snake (auger) can unclog drains. Lemon juice, vegetable oil, and a towelette can also give your wood furniture a nice, clean sheen.

As America’s greenest junk removal service, Junk King takes and recycles and/or donates all kinds of items, including electronic waste. Though electronic waste, or e-waste, often contains hazardous materials like lead and mercury, e-waste is typically considered universal waste. Junk King actually takes e-waste like computers, monitors, and printers.

Junk King Takes E-waste…Not Hazardous Waste! 

That’s important because old cathode ray tube televisions and monitors contain lead, which can pollute the air, soil, and water if improperly disposed of. The thing to remember is that Junk King accepts electronic waste, but doesn’t take hazardous waste like paint, gasoline, pool chemicals, and household cleaners.

For virtually everything else, Junk King can help. Call on Junk King for foreclosure cleanouts, office cleanouts, furniture and appliance removal, construction waste removal, and yard waste removal.

Environmental Challenges Due To Improper Waste Disposal

Improper waste disposal wreaks havoc on our planet as well as future generations of human beings. Though it might seem efficient to dispose of undesired items and substances in dumpsters, garbage cans, drains, landfills or hidden spaces, doing so often compromises the integrity of the environment. The failure to dispose of waste in the proper manner will inevitably hurt our pocketbooks as well. Taxes will rise across posterity as taxpayers are forced to rectify sites that have been compromised by the failure to properly maintain the land and water around us.

An estimated 15 percent of all items disposed in a given year are hazardous. Take a close look at Environmental-Challenges-Due-To-Improper-Waste-Disposal-Junk-King-Sonoma-CAour environment and you’ll notice that our rivers, lakes, oceans and numerous other sites have already been poisoned. Thousands of aquatic animals wash up on the shore each year due to the public’s general failure to eliminate waste in an environmentally conscious manner. Plenty of marine and amphibious creatures display signs of mutation for the same reason. This has to stop. Let’s take a look at exactly how improper waste disposal threatens our surroundings.

The Contamination of Surface Water

When waste reaches water bodies, it alters the water’s chemical composition. Such harm is typically referred to as water pollution. This contamination negatively impacts all of the ecosystems within the water. Even animals that rely on the water for drinking water will suffer health consequences from consuming polluted water. Furthermore, consider the predicament that contaminated water poses for humanity. Water is the “new oil” because of its scarcity. The bottom line is that human life can’t survive on planet Earth unless there is an abundance of clean water.

Leachate

Water that moves through contaminated spaces creates a liquid referred to as Leachate. It creates a toxic mix of nasty chemicals that often results in harmful substances reaching the groundwater, surface water and/or soil.

The Contamination of Soil

Improper waste disposal often leads to a leaking of hazardous chemicals into the soil. Such contamination stunts plant growth and even kills some plants as they pull up poisoned soil directly through their roots. This has a domino affect when human beings and animals consume the compromised plants. In a nutshell, the haphazard disposal of waste has the potential to threaten our food supply.

Air Pollution

Poor waste management practices create pollution in the land as well as the surrounding air. Those who breathe in polluted air suffer negative health effects as the contaminants sucked into the lungs quickly spread to other body sites.

Mind Your Disposal of Household Products

Household cleaners, lawn care products, medicines, paint, automobile fluids and beauty products all have the potential to harm the environment. The manner in which you disposes of these items is critically important. Do not throw them in the trash as their presence threatens the well-being of those who remove your junk and garbage. It is critically important that we all make an effort to prevent hazardous waste from reaching landfills. As noted above, hazardous waste that is improperly disposed has the potential to reach the groundwater that we all rely upon for drinking and bathing.

Do not make the mistake of flushing hazardous liquids down the toilet, drain or sink. Such hazardous fluids will move through your local sewage system and end up in treatment plants that are incapable of handling such waste. You might be tempted to dump such fluids into storm drains or in remote areas. This is also a grave mistake as the harmful liquids will inevitably reach local waterways and eventually travel to lakes, beaches and even the Pacific Ocean.

Contact the professionals at Junk King.  We are able to help you dispose of your waste in an environmentally friendly way.

E-waste – Electronics Recycling The Solution

E-waste disposal is becoming more and more important and the environment’ state really is dependent upon how we treat this matter. What do you do with that old computer, monitor, or tablet once that device has reached its expiration date – i.e., when the next iPhone comes out? Well, as we’re all well aware, electronics get updated and upgraded all the time, and sometimes our favorite devices stop working, get viruses or plain get dropped on the ground (it happens).

E-waste and Electronics Recycling E-waste-Electronics-Recycling-The-Solution-Junk-King-Sanoma-CA

If any of these things occur to your electronics, then they’ve effectively gone from a usable gizmo to electronic waste. Also called e-waste, electronic waste is a catch-all term for all of the electronics devices that get sent to landfills, repurposed, donated or recycled back into circulation each and every year. Whole genres of devices actually get sent out to pasture as new technologies come along – think about PDAs, fax machines, VCRs, and pagers.

It’s important that a greater share of this collective e-waste gets recycled and put back into circulation – in one form or another. Recycling e-waste is actually critical right now for two reasons – the sheer volume of electronic waste that’s out there right now that doesn’t get recycled and, secondly, the fact that electronic waste contains heavy metals that can threaten the water and air that we all enjoy.

  • How Much E-waste are We Talking?

Can you guess how much we in the United States collectively generate in terms of e-waste? Hands on buzzers: More than three million tons of e-waste is generated annually and, unfortunately, less than a half-million tons of that e-waste was properly recycled. Nearly two billion dollars is spent by Americans on consumer electronics every year with high tech turnover as the main culprit behind (literally) tons of e-waste.

  • Where Recycling Comes In

Because of all these dangers California went ahead and ratified into law the Electronic Waste Recycling Act back in 2003. This law basically disincentivizes the sale of dangerous products like outmoded cathode-ray tube monitors that contain heavy metals. The Electronic Waste Recycling Act also makes it easier for California businesses and homeowners to recycle things like bulky fax machines and obsolete desktop computers and make way for newer, safer technologies.

How to Recycle Your E-waste 

Even though the average American household has two dozen electronics gadgets within its four walls, that’s not a reason to despair. If you have an old Smartphone collecting dust, then there’s a good chance you can hook up with your manufacturer’s recycling program to get those parts back in circulation.

The biggest tech giants going in America – folks like Apple, Samsung, LG and Canon – all have their own e-waste recycling programs to ensure that you and the company can live up to the Environmental Protection Agency’s motto of reduce, reuse and recycle.

The cool thing is that it doesn’t cost you anything to do the right thing by the environment and – an added benefit – get those obsolete electronics off of your hands. Most Best Buy stores actually have recycling programs, and their tagline is that they’ll take just about any electronics device irrespective of where you bought the device or how old it happens to be. As the most sprawling e-waste recycling hub in the United States, Best Buy has recycled over one billion pounds of use computers, TVs, Smartphones, cameras, and audio appliances.

Electronics manufacturers have even teamed up with the EPA by heeding the Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge to ultimately get more electronics to a certified electronics recycler. The end goal is reaching 100% participation and leaving this world just a little better than we left it. To have your e-waste safely disposed, team up with Junk King.

Electronics Disposal – How to Get Rid of Your Used Devices in California

When it comes to electronics disposal, there is plenty of confusion. The average person seems to have no idea as to how he should properly dispose of his old or malfunctioning electronics. This lack of knowledge is causing irreparable harm to our environment. You can do our planet an enormous favor by printing out this article and passing it on to your friends and family.

Electronics Should NOT be Disposed of With the Normal Garbage Your old TV, computer monitor, video game console, printer or other electronic device should never be haphazardly tossed into your regular trash bins. Attempting to dispose of electronics in this manner is actually illegal in the state of California. If someone spots you attempting to trash any type of electronic device in this manner, they might report you to the authorities.

Can someone else obtain utility out of the Electronic Device? Before attempting to figure out how How-to-Dispose-of-Used-Electronics-in-California-Junk-King-Sonoma-CAto legally dispose of an electronic device you should consider whether another person might benefit from using it. If there is any chance that an impoverished person, student or organization can obtain any utility whatsoever out of the electronic device, donate it or sell it. Finding a new owner for the device will improve another person’s life while simultaneously reducing the burden placed on electronic recycling/re-use hubs. Even if the device is malfunctioning, there still might be a way to remedy the problem.

Recycling Centers Will Take Your Electronic Devices Nowadays, Californians do not dump electronic devices in landfills. Rather, we take them to organizations that recycle/recover undesired electronic devices. We at Junk King work with organizations that are actually qualified to recycle electronics. If the organization is not a participant in the Covered Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Program that was established by the state’s Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003, they might not have the means to properly dispose/recycle the device.

When in doubt, reach out to the junk hauling experts here at Junk King. We take each and every undesired item to our recycling hubs for a thorough utility and recycling assessment. Our junk hauling experts will drive our big red truck on out to your home or office and pick up just about any piece of junk you want to get rid of. Big Box Electronic Stores can Help There are a number of “big box” electronics outlets like Best Buy that will take in old computer accessories such as printers and monitors. These monolithic corporations have ample personnel and technological resources available to recycle aged or broken electronic devices in the proper manner. Even public libraries have stepped up to the plate by accepting empty ink toner cartridges from printers. When in doubt, refer to your local community services offices for more information regarding where you can drop off undesired electronics.

A caveat about used electronics disposal, be sure to erase all personal information stored on electronic devices before dropping them off at a recycling hub or other destination. Modern day electronics are “smart”, meaning they will store your private data unless you take the initiative to remove such sensitive information from the machine.

Disk Erasure Before Computer Disposal

There is a right and a wrong way to handling computer disposal.  Right now there are millions of computers collecting cobwebs all across America. You might have a few relics from the 1990s at your home office or crowding out your office storage spaces right now even.

Computer Disposal: Things You Should Know 

It seems pretty easy: Just chuck that old computer into the garbage bin and watch it get whisked away with the rest of your weekly pickup.

Hang on, though, don’t old computers contain a lot of heavy metals and personal information that – if it fell into the wrong hands – could jeopardize your future? The answer: Absolutely.

  • Computers as E-waste

Computers are actually a form of electronic waste along with things like batteries and cell phones. With the high rate of tech turnover these days there’s more and more e-waste making its way to landfills and recycling centers.

We really have to be careful in how we dispose this stuff because a lot of our appliances contain harmful heavy metals like mercury, cadmium and maybe even lead. When household appliances and electronics become e-waste we should really be responsibly recycling these things rather than heaping them up on the curb for weekly pickup.

The problem, as we’re coming to realize, is that computers that don’t make it back into circulation and instead wind up at landfills actually pose an environmental hazard.

Some of the heavy metals that are housed in computers can eventually make their way into the Disk-Erasure-Before-Computer-Disposal-junk-Kng-Sonoma-CAsoil and local water supply, which obviously isn’t good for anybody.

  • Old Computers and Personal Information

What we’ve been talking about is more of a macro view of the problem of treating e-waste and your old laptops, desktops, tablets and cell phones as regular trash.

Your trusty – now obsolete – computer, though, likely still contains account numbers, passwords, your social security number, and maybe even compromising tax information. You don’t want that out there.

There’s no need to freak out….since you can follow a step-by-step process to backup your data, permanently remove all personal files from your soon-to-be-recycled computer, and physically remove or securely erase the hard drive.

There are a lot of ways to go about that last one – i.e., clearing the hard drive – and a lot will depend on whether you want to repurpose your old computer, simply recycle it or pass it on to a hard-up school district.

Ways of Clearing the Hard Drive 

It’s really important to back up your data on an external hard drive, flash drive or with something like Google Cloud storage before you wipe the slate clean, so to speak.

Clearing your hard drive really, really limits the chances that you’ll be the victim of identity theft and, if you’re dealing with a company-provided computer, also helps protect the company and yourself against nasty things like legal penalties and possible intellectual property violations. Who wants to deal with that nonsense?

  • Wiping the Slate Clean

Backup and restore features are actually worked right into Windows 7 and Windows Vista, and if you’re a Mac user you can always use the USB connections on the device to backup personal information on external hard drives and flash drives.

After you’ve backed everything up, you can make use of a program like Darik’s Boot and Nuke to wipe your hard drive and transition it along that proverbial assembly line and closer to being responsibly recycled.

If you intend to give your computer away for reuse by, say, a cash-strapped school district, then make sure that you either install a free operating system on it or restore your old computer to factory settings.

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E-Waste Recycling

The field of e-waste recycling is starting to gain more attention, especially from municipalities and consumers. With more electronic devices entering the market every day, and a seemingly endless need to acquire the newest and best model, it’s important for us to safely dispose of what’s old or broken. Read on for an exploration of e-waste recycling and how it works.

What Is E-Waste?

E-waste, sometimes called electronic waste, is another word for discarded electronic items. These items include computers, tablets, cell phones, MP3 players and a plethora of other high-tech devices. They may be broken, or they may still function.

Why Is E-Waste Recycling So Important?

Electronic devices are filled with toxic materials. These include lead, mercury, cadmium and other E-Waste-recycling-Junk-Kng-Sonoma-CAheavy metals. If e-waste is thrown in the trash, it typically ends up in the landfill, where these chemicals can leech into water and soil and poison them. Protecting the environment from these chemicals is one of the key goals of e-waste recycling.

Likewise, e-waste recycling retrieves these metals and other chemicals for future use. Unfortunately, suppliers often mine these substances via environmentally destructive and socially exploitative methods. By re-purposing these substances, you can do your part to discourage destructive, dangerous mining techniques.

How Does E-Waste Recycling Work?

Just throwing your e-waste into the trash means it’ll end up in a landfill, rather than being put through an e-waste recycling process. To recycle your electronic waste, you’ll need to make sure it goes specifically into an e-waste recycling program. Thankfully, many municipalities are recognizing and filling the need for this specialized kind of recycling.

What exactly happens to your device at that point depends on the state it’s in. If your device is still essentially functional — say, if it simply has a cracked screen, or if it just needs an upgrade — an e-waste recycling specialist may just replace those parts and put the device back on the market. If your device is more substantially damaged or is significantly out of date, it may be broken down for parts, or it may be melted down so that the heavy metals inside can be removed and reused.

If you’ve got computers, phones and other electronic devices that meet the definition of e-waste, Junk King can help. We’re pros at hauling away your junk, and making sure it gets where it needs to go. Contact us  today and see why so many homeowners and businesses trust us to help you get your junk situation under control.

Computer Recycling and Management of Sustainable Waste Energy

Computer-Recycling-and-Management-of-Sustainable-Waste-Energy-Sanoma-CANo matter how much high-tech awesomeness your computer is packed with right now, it will eventually stop working — or just become too outdated to be worth powering on. When this happens, you need to figure out what to do with it. Just so you know, throwing it into the garbage isn’t the answer. You need to recycle your computer. Putting together the parts that make up a computer takes a lot of energy. Technology makers use much less energy when they don’t have to dig up fresh raw materials and create new parts. This means that recycling your computer will be a big boon for the management of sustainable waste energy.

But a computer isn’t exactly a plastic bottle or a tin can, so you’re probably wondering just how you can get rid of it in an eco-friendly, safe manner. Let’s take a look at how you should approach computer recycling:

Clean your computer out

Assuming that the power button still works, you’re going to want to do a factory data reset on your device before you even start the computer recycling process. This is because data thieves are lurking around every corner; you need to protect yourself from them by giving them as little as possible to work with.

Also, you shouldn’t assume that all of your data will be safe just because your soon-to-be-recycled computer no longer works. Professional data thieves have the ability to pick apart a broken computer and steal your data anyway. If your old computer is damaged beyond use, then you will need to have the memory removed and physically destroyed. This is a dangerous thing to do, so it should always be done by a professional.

Determine what computer recycling really means to you

As we mentioned earlier, a computer and a plastic bottle aren’t exactly the same thing. These differences extend beyond their basic use and include the recycling process itself. Computer recycling, for example, can mean one of two things:

The most traditional perception of computer recycling — or recycling in any form, for that matter — is to have your old recyclable junk shipped off to a recycling plant, where its parts and raw materials can be re-used. If your old computer is beyond repair, then this is your best — and only — approach to computer recycling.

The other form of computer recycling doesn’t involve a parts processing plant at all. Instead, your old computer would be refurbished and either donated or sold for a super deep discount. This approach to computer recycling usually takes less energy.

Call in the reinforcements when you have a lot of junk computers

When you’re recycling multiple computers, you need to take a different approach. If you’ve got a legion of bulky computerized machines that you need to get rid of, you shouldn’t take on computer recycling alone. Instead, you should seek out a pro junk removal service that specializes in recycling old technology. Not only will they have the tools you need to haul all of your junk computers away all at once, but they will have the resources and know how to take the computers to the right place.

These organizations will also help you identify which computers are salvageable for refurbishing, and which need to be tossed into the processing plant pile.

Are you approaching computer recycling the right way?

You need to recycle your old computer. Because a computer is a complex machine, you will have to take a few extra steps to recycle it correctly. To learn more about recycling your old computers, televisions or anything else, contact a professional junk remover.