The Absolute IT Asset Disposal Blog

Computer Recycling For Environmental Issues



The IT production sector has a huge carbon footprint, which can be lessened as a result of the re-use and re-deployment of redundant IT under the European Waste hierarchy legislation.


Click here to download our FREE guide: '7 Crucial Steps To Follow When  Disposing Of Old IT Equipment'


We are all informed of the influence our use of scarce resources is having on the natural environment. It has been observed that there has been a sudden and extended raise in the value of metal, copper and gold. These were being brought about mainly by the fast and fairly unexpected progress in the Chinese economy. Why ought this have any result on the recycling of PCs you may possibly ask? Depletion of non renewable sources leaves only two options, come across a new material (incredibly highly-priced) or come across a way to recycle and extract the aged. With the selling price of gold hitting £857.00 per troy ounce, it has become very feasible for recyclers.


Most of the environmental problems with PCs lie with the older screens, particularly its cathode ray tube (CRT). On average these includes four to five lbs of lead, considered hazardous waste when disposed of. PCs also contain other hazardous materials, like mercury, cadmium (an acknowledged carcinogen) and hexavalent chromium. Over 314 million PCs were being thrown away at the close of 2013, made up of 1.2 billion lbs of lead, 2 million lbs of cadmium, 1.2 million lbs of hexavalent chromium, and 400,000 lbs of mercury.


Part of the trouble a computer recycler has is, after upgrading computer programs, most companies  store their aged PCs, which provide as backup products in situation newer PCs fail. These aged PCs normally sit in storage well past their possible beneficial daily life. At some point, a final decision has to be made about disposal of these products. Continuing to store it is normally not feasibly possible, it will take up a significant space in the office.


The least favourable option is to toss aged PCs into the bin. Computer recycling should come to the fore in each and every state of affairs, not just the result it has on the natural environment, there is also the possibility of another person taking away sensitive data and recovering delicate details.


At the time of initially writing this short article the BBC News web site had an great short article about ID theft and the disposal / recycling of aged PCs and I quote from that short article “Lender account facts belonging to hundreds of UK residents are being offered in West Africa for significantly less than £20 each, the BBC’s Genuine Tale method has uncovered.


It found that fraudsters in Nigeria were  in a position to come across world-wide-web banking details saved on recycled PCs dispatched from the United kingdom to Africa.”


This drives home the issue that you ought to demolish the details on your disk, ahead of disposing of the PC, Server or Laptop  and the sensitive disks that go with them. To us, is just not about the natural environment, but for customer and their obligations under the data Protection laws too.


How To Dispose of Old IT Equipment

Image source: Unsplash

Subscribe to Email Updates

Dispose of Old IT Equipment

Follow Us

Most recent post