Computers that were cutting-edge just years ago are now becoming obsolete. While advances in technology are exciting, they also leave unimaginable amounts of waste from the previous generation of products. 

Sustainable, responsible computer disposal needs to be taken seriously. The reality is that most consumers don’t understand the environmental impact of not properly disposing outdated electronics. 

Do’s and Don’ts of Computer Recycling

  1. Do: Backup any files you might need in the future

Regardless of whether you use your device for personal or professional purposes, there’s a good chance you’ll want some of the stored data in the future. Utilize an external hard drive or USB to keep what you need. 

  1. Do: Find a reputable, certified recycler

Not every business that advertises electronic recycling has a reputation for being responsible. Find a certified, trusted recycling company to guarantee your device isn’t going to end up in the wrong hands or hurt the environment. 

  1. Do: Erase all personal information

Whether it’s your address, credit card information, or bank statements, there’s a good chance your device contains private information. Before recycling your device, perform a factory reset to ensure all this sensitive data is wiped. 

  1. Don’t: throw away your device with the trash

It might be easy to throw your old laptop in the garbage, but the environmental consequences can be severe. Do your part to help the growing problem of e-waste. 

  1. Don’t: Leave sim cards or hard drives in the machine

Before taking your device to a certified recycling facility, remove sim cards or hard drives that might store sensitive information or location data. 

  1. Don’t: Recycle without researching

Thieves can utilize your old device (even if you think you deleted all your information) to steal private information.  The best way to avoid becoming a victim of this crime is by doing thorough research and finding a recycling company you can trust.