Recycling IT Equipment

June 8, 2010

Have you ever wondered if there is any use for those old, outdated, and possibly damaged computers you have in the home or office? If you are like most people, you probably assume that an old, “downtrodden” computer or IT system has only one place to go: to a rubbish bin.

However this is really not the best way to dispose of IT equipment and it really should be recycled. Yes, there is more to going green than just recycling papers, bottles and aluminium cans. Computers and IT systems can be recycled in an effective manner. Doing so eliminates the need to perpetually produce new computer components each and every time a new model rolls off an assembly line.

You are probably well aware that computer casings are made from plastic. Plastic is reliant on petroleum during its production phase. Petroleum derives from oil. So, when you recycle computer and IT parts, you are reducing the need to further deplete oil supplies. And, for that matter, you are reducing the expansive need for oil and electricity during the manufacturing process. A little IT recycling can go a long way when you stop to think about it.

Computers and their various parts are intertwined with a complicated manufacturing process. Hazardous chemicals and silicon components are used throughout the production phase. Why do this unnecessarily when recycling could reduce the massive carbon footprint required during the manufacturing phase?

The demand for new IT equipment is unlikely to slow down, but if we can limit the damage to the environment as much as possible, then this can only be a good thing. Keep this in mind when you next wish to get rid of that old computer you own.