With most of us updating our computer equipment every few years, it can be easy to let our old computers and laptops start to pile up. Often our reticence to do anything with our old computer equipment comes from a fear about data. We’re unsure how much of it could be retrieved from a computer; personal files, business data, confidential data, etc. As a result of this, old computer equipment is often just smashed with a hammer before being thrown in a skip or taken to the tip. Sometimes it’s disguised with the general rubbish.

There is an alternative

There’s an increased awareness of the waste and resources associated with the manufacture and disposal of computer equipment. The world’s appetite for technology is voracious and expanding. It’s crucial that we reuse the materials used in the manufacture of computers as many times as possible. Computer recycling safely repurposes old computer equipment, either finding new homes for equipment that still works or breaking it down into its reusable components and disposing of harmful materials safely.

Recycling saves landfill space

As land becomes ever more limited, the cost of landfill to local authorities and ultimately taxpayers is only going to get higher. Increasingly computer equipment is becoming a problem at landfill sites. It’s not only about volume. Computers contain potentially toxic materials.

Recycling recovers hard to find and valuable materials

Copper, gold, aluminium, and certain kinds of plastic are all contained in computers. As new computers are created, these precious resources have to be found and extracted. The more that can be recycled, the less need there is for new extraction.

Hazardous materials are safely disposed of

Substances such as mercury and lead can be found in computers. If they end up in landfill, they can ultimately enter the soil or streams and rivers causing dangerous pollution to insect life, aquatic life, animals and ultimately ourselves. It’s imperative that we keep as much of this harmful material out of the ground.

Recycle don’t dump

It’s not uncommon to see old computer equipment sitting in skips outside offices and factories. It might seem like an easy solution, but the potential downsides are great. As computer technology becomes more and more widespread, we’ll need to develop a recycling habit if we’re not to face a huge global problem. Much of the UK’s computer waste ultimately ends up in landfill either here or in developing countries where the land is cheap, passing our own problem onto other people.

Always use a reputable company to recycle your old computer equipment

Unfortunately, waste disposal attracts its fair share of scammers. To be 100% certain that your old computer equipment isn’t ending up being fly-tipped, always seek out a reputable computer recycling company.

Concept Management are experienced in the field

Concept Management are one of the UK’s leading IT asset disposal companies. Why not contact us today to find out more about our recycling process and how we can help you dispose of your old computer equipment in a way that helps the planet?