How to Recycle or Repurpose a Computer Yourself
There are even some simple steps you can take to ensure that your old computer does not unnecessarily take up space in a landfill. By repurposing your old computer, you prolong its life and the time before it ends up as junk in a landfill. Check out the list below for some ideas on recycling and repurposing an old computer.
1) Donate your working equipment to a worthwhile charity. If you outgrew your old computer but it still has some life left in it, consider donating your computer to those who cannot afford one. Better yet, contact your local high school or community college. Often, they use computers to teach students about building and maintaining computers.
2) Give your old computer to your kids. Not only does this keep the peace when more than one kid needs a computer, it ensures that your computer’s data will not be corrupted when kids start to explore your hard drive’s data structure.
3) Give your old computer to your parents. If your old computer is still functional, give it to your parents to use. They may not need the latest and greatest computer to do basic computing and you can cut down on phone call expenses by using e-mail.
4) Contact your local waste management office. Many states have enacted laws concerning the disposal of electronic equipment. The result is that many cities and local municipalities already have measures for disposing and recycling of computer hardware.
5) Check if the computer’s manufacturer has a plan for recycling. As stated above, many manufacturers have programs in place to recycle or dispose of hardware they have manufactured. Often, it costs nothing to recycle your computer so why throw it in the landfill unnecessarily?