In this new age of technology that we currently find ourselves in everything seems to be getting smaller and more portable, this means a lot of the older and larger desktop computers just aren't wanted or needed anymore. So what do you do when you find yourself with one of those unwanted computers? You can't just throw them out as they won't be taken away with your regular trash, so you have to find other methods of disposal.
In most cases old computers can either be reused, refurbished or recycled and there are always people willing to purchase an old computer from you in order to fix it, update it and sell it for a profit, in some cases they cannot be fixed up but you will be able to break it apart (if you know what you are doing, if not call an expert) and sell the parts that do work separately. If you wanted to be particularly generous, then you could choose to donate your computer to a charity, school or other organization that might be able to make use of it.
If you do choose to have your computer completely recycled then the parts are usually all stripped out and separated into groups of corresponding parts, anything that can't be used is disposed of correctly, and the leftover working parts can eventually be used to form a brand new computer. Visit an e-waste recycling firm that will adequately recycle computers that are old and obsolete.
Throwing away your old computer could be a costly mistake in more ways than one, aside from the facts stated above about making a little cash from it, you could be breaking the law by leaving it out with your other trash. Many places do have laws against it due to the dangers of hazardous materials, so it is crucial that you check up on this before deciding to leave your computer for the landfill.