5 ways to recycle your old computer

September 10, 2010

Have you recently bought a new computer and wish to get rid of your old one?

Under such circumstances, throwing it away might seem to be the easy way out but it definitely is not a wise choice. The amount of toxic waste generated is rapidly increasing in the recent years owing to careless disposal of computers, electricals and electronic equipment across the UK. You can do your bit for the environment by recycling your old computer in one of the following five ways:

  • Donating to charity is one of the ways to get rid of your old PC if it is in good working condition. Browsing through http://www.itforcharities.co.uk/pcs.htm, http://www.digital-links.org/ and http://www.it4ch.com/ sites will give you all the information you need about refurbished PCs donated for charity.
  • You can try your hand at creating novel handicraft pieces with different parts of your old computer. Check out http://www.revolve-uk.com/ for more inspirations such as creating door hangers or key rings with circuit boards, attractive wall hangers and Christmas decorations with CD’s etc.
  • If you wish to make money from your old PC that is less than five years old, you can sell it on at a car boot sale, or to a renowned refurbishing establishment.
  • You can use your old computer in other ways such as video recording, backing up data, setting it up as a firewall, using it as a server for multi player games etc. A Google search on these topics will reveal several ideas and tips to make the best of your old PC.
  • Take your PC to a dedicated recycling company such as Recycling Your IT, where the old PC will be recycled in an eco-friendly way.