What do you do with your old computer? Recycle it, of course! We offer no-cost PC and laptop recycling. We have a $10 charge for printer recycling. Servers and CRTs are an additional charge. We will also recycle HP toners and HP ink cartridges for no additional cost.
When one chooses computer recycling rather than throwing out their old computer, they help to limit the amount of resources that it requires to produce new electronic items. This is due to the fact that there are many components on old computers that can be reused in the fabrication of new computers.
When it comes to recycling laptops, even one makes a big difference — recycling one million laptops saves enough energy to power 3,500 U.S. homes for an entire year, according to the EPA. Plus, the inside of your computer contains valuable metals like gold, silver and platinum that can be recovered and reused.
Here are a few things you can do prior to bringing in your computer for recycling:
- Remove all data from your computer to prevent identity theft. You may want to back up important files on an external hard drive. *Green Eggs and RAM has an agreement with our R2 Certified Recycler that you data will be destroyed. Otherwise for $30 we will do a DoD (Department of Defense) compliant wipe of your hard drive that makes data recovery impossible.
- Unplug the computer peripherals (keyboard, speakers, etc.) from your desktop or laptop. You can likely recycle these parts as well, but consider reusing them or donating them since they won’t need a software upgrade to work on a new computer.
- For a laptop, flip it over and see if you can remove the battery. Many laptops use lithium-ion batteries, which require special transportation for recycling, so this is especially important if using a manufacturer mail-back program.
For safe, secure computer recycling, look no further than Green Eggs and RAM in Sioux Falls, SD.