The technology world runs on a fast-paced treadmill. Every year, basic computing requirements go up. The software you use releases updates that drain more system resources. Some small business owners employ the stop-gap solution of keeping their systems and software versions frozen in place, year after year. This is less pragmatic than it seems, because operating system and software updates help maintain a healthy network environment.
The best business practice is to keep your computers up to date. That means refreshing your systems when they become outdated. Now that you plan to buy new computers, what are you going to do with the old units? Excluding niche uses, or giving old computers to employees, you’re left with two practical alternatives: throw them away, or recycle them. While both of these options are available to you, we’ll show you why recycling is the better choice.
Why you think you should trash your computers
You can avoid giving the contents of your computer to a company who may look at the data that’s on them.
Anyone can dig a computer out of the trash. Booting it up would give them access to all the data stored on the device. Whether you are sending your computers to the trash, or implementing computer recycling, you should really wipe them of all information before you send them out.
You probably already have a dumpster available to your company, and throwing your old PCs in the trash might seem like the easier, faster option.
Scheduling an appointment for computer recycling is just as easy as throwing your computers in the trash, requiring minimal time and planning.
Why you really shouldn’t trash your computers
We live in a world with finite resources. Computers, being inorganic, won’t break down and disintegrate like biodegradable materials. When you throw a PC in the garbage, it’s plastics, metals, and silicones will sit in a landfill for hundreds of years. In the U.S. alone, 9.4 MILLION tons of e-waste is dumped into landfills every year. BILLIONS of dollars are spent processing and moving this waste around. Even if your reaction is “not my problem”, it’s still as easy to recycle as it is to dump it. Finally, when a computer is incinerated, hazardous wastes such as heavy metals and carcinogens are released.
Why you should be recycling your computers
There are many benefits of computer recycling, but we’ll give you a couple of the major ones.
- Foster a circular economy by reducing gold, silver, and copper waste. These precious metals are infused in the components of a computer and can be melted out and reused to build new computers.
- Circuit Wiring can be stripped out of your old computers and used in new ones, preventing manufacturers from having to use extra resources when they don’t need to.
- Create jobs in the recycling industry, without taking any jobs out of the waste disposal industry.
- Save money by stripping some of the parts out of your own computer to reuse later. Not all parts in a computer need to be bought new. Saving an old power supply can help out when a power supply fails in a new computer.
If you want to recycle, we are here to help. Contact us with any questions you may have. We can point you in the right direction, and provide you with more information.