Recycling your old pc or laptop

How do you dispose of old computer and IT equipment when they are replaced or no longer fit for purpose? It’s quite tempting just to bin them or take them down to the local tip but there are a number of good reasons not to do this…

Firstly, they will end up in landfill. It is estimated that over 75% of waste electrical goods end up in landfill, where lead and other toxins contained in the electrical goods can cause soil and water contamination.

Secondly, you run the risk of data theft. With the right tools, sensitive information such as confidential documents and family photos can be retrieved from the hard drive of your old computer even if you thought the pc had been factory reset or completely erased. The fact is, your data is probably still residing on the hard drive even after you deleted it. The information can only be be permanently removed by using data shredding software or by physical destruction of the hard drive (the latter might not be as easy as you think).

If the hard drive in your computer is fairly accessible, one solution might be to remove it (the hard drive is a relatively small component) and recycle the remains. Local IT recycling firms tend to offer free collection of IT equipment. Your local charity may also be willing to accept donations. The Freecycle Network is another great way of giving away old IT equipment to people in your area.

If you are currently shopping around for a new pc or laptop, look out for companies like Dell and HP who sometimes offer a trade-in & recycling program.

ITPeople will happily help you remove your old hard drive and recycle most IT equipment free of charge when you use any of our onsite services in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire areas.