We live in a very technological era, and computer software and hardware is constantly progressing; technology merely a few years old is swiftly becoming outdated. But what should you do with your outdated computer?

If you’re wondering the best way to dispose of your technology, Recycling Management are here with all the information you need on computer recycling.

Are Computers Recyclable?

Yes, computers are recyclable, and should be recycled wherever possible! Not only will recycling your old computer reduce the amount of waste ending up in a landfill, it will prevent some of the hazardous materials that computers contain from leaking out and damaging the environment. In fact, computers are covered under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) legislation that came into force in 2007, meaning you can be heavily penalised for not disposing of your computer in a safe manner.

Hazardous Materials

Like most technology, computers contain chemical and plastic elements that are harmful to the environment, and if incorrectly disposed of, these hazardous elements can contaminate plants and water sources before coming into contact with animals, potentially entering our own food chain and causing sickness in the infected persons.

Your old computer is made up of up to 23% plastic, and is host to a number of toxic substances including:

  • Arsenic
  • Antimony trioxide
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Chromium
  • Selenium
  • Cobalt
  • Cadmium

These chemicals are present in the cables, plastic casing, switchings and circuit boards of your old computer, so it is easy to miss their presence, but they are toxic and should be dealt with according to the WEEE guidelines.

How To Dispose Of Old Computers

The best way to deal with your old computer is to either ring up your computer manufacturer to see whether they offer a recycling service, or rely on the services of a professional waste management service, such as our team here at Envirocraft, to ensure that you are abiding by legislation, and saving the environment from harm.

Written by jake