Reasons to recycle your old computer

Reasons to recycle your old computer

Maybe your computer no longer works or is much slower than it used to be, which can be infuriating, so you would like to upgrade to a newer, faster model. But remember that even if you no longer want your computer or laptop don’t simply throw it away. Instead, you should recycle your old computer, and here’s why.

  • Minimise e-waste in landfill – Technology moves at such a fast pace and we all quickly upgrade our gadgets so it’s not difficult to realise that e-waste is becoming a major issue already and set to become much worse if we do not act.

  • Health benefits – When e-waste is simply dumped, it can cause dangerous chemicals and elements to leach into the surrounding ground and get into the water supply. Lead, chromium, mercury, and cadmium can all be found in computer components which put the health of people working at landfill sites and living nearby at serious risk.

  • Retain valuable resources – Many components in a computer can be used over and over again in the manufacturing process to create a new PC. So dumping a computer in landfill is the same as throwing away valuable raw materials such as metals and glass.

  • Create employment – By recycling computers and, in fact all waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), you are creating employment at WEEE recycling organisations, which is also good for the wider economy and society as a whole.

  • Support your local community – You may no longer want your old computer but if it still works there will be many people who could make good use of it. You can always donate your computer to a youth community group, charity, or a school in an under-privileged area. How much better that it is still being used than contaminating the earth in a landfill site.

These are just a few of the reasons why you should recycle your old computer or laptop and, indeed any electrical or electronic item whether it is in working condition or not. If in doubt how to go about this, check with your local town council about their arrangements to help improve the recycling and reuse of e-waste.

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