While the easiest thing to do might be to put your old computer out on the curb for the garbage man, that’s not environmentally friendly and most garbage services won’t take computers anymore for just that reason. When it comes to recycling your computer you have a few different options.
1) Send your computer back to a manufacturer.
- If you have recently purchased a new computer, you may be able to send your old computer back to a manufacturer.
- Many computer manufacturers, including Apple, HP and Dell, offer programs that allow you to mail your old computer to them for free, which they will then recycle, if you have recently purchased one of their products.
- However, it could cost you some money. Some manufacturers may require you to pay for shipping and handling, but the fees are typically reasonable.
3) Take your computer to a nearby recycling center.
- Chances are that there is a computer recycling center or program in your area. Visit the Consumer Education Initiative to find computer recycling centers near you.
- These recycling centers will typically take more than just computers too, so if you have any other electronics that you’d like to get rid of, check to see if you can recycle them at your computer recycling center as well.
4) Donate your computer to a charity.
- The ultimate way to recycle your computer, if it’s still working, is to donate it to a local charity or school. Then you know that someone will be re-using your computer, instead of just its parts and/or materials. Donating your working computer can make a big difference in someone’s life.