When it comes to discarding dangerous electronics, proper computer disposal is necessary in order to ensure the safety of both the environment as well as the safety of the data that is stored on the devices. If you need to get rid of old electronics, it’s best not to simply throw them away where they will end up in a landfill.
If you don’t know what to do with your electronics, first consider if they are in good enough shape to be donated and reused. There are organization and companies that accept used electronics so that they can be refurbished and reused. This lowers the demand of new electronic equipment. If it is too old, or cannot be refurbished, the next thing to consider is recycling.
When e-waste ends up landfills, it will eventually break down and dangerous elements such as mercury will be released where it may end up in the soil, water reserves and even in the air. When e-waste is thrown away, it also leaves your sensitive and identifying information out in the open for anyone to recover. Information that is deleted from your computer still lives in the hard drive, so if you simply throw your computer away, it’s possible that your information will fall into the wrong hands. Utilizing an e-waste recycling company ensures that your computer will be securely recycled so that your information stays safe and that dangerous materials don’t end up landfills.08