When phasing out a large number of computers, what do you plan on doing with the old units? There’s a bit of money you could make back through recycling and some repair potential if you plan out the removal with recycling and reuse in mind. Consider a few ways to make the removal and recycling process a bit easier, and ways you can extend the useful life of your old computers and parts. Streamline The Removal Process Desktop computers and laptops may not look like much when they’re sitting on the desk, but constantly disconnecting cables, picking up towers and grabbing the awkwardly-shaped monitors can become exhausting quickly. With multiple people working on systems and moving to their destinations, a loose plan needs to be developed. There’s no benefit in making a strict, exact plan of walking down a single path to a single designated point (this can get really tiresome and extremely annoying for workers), but it’s a great idea to designate a specific room or side of a room for certain materials. Designate one area for computers that need to be taken apart for parts, then another area for systems that are being thrown out. Workers responsible for taking apart computers should have their own room free of distraction, or at least an area where other workers, supervisors and overly-interested superiors can’t interrupt their careful work. If these parts need to be used as spares for newer computers, they need to be taken out carefully, and there’s nothing efficient about a supervisor staring over a fatigued worker’s shoulder. The exit and entrance path needs to be designated to reduce collisions or slowdowns. Simple rules such as having everyone walk on their right side of a hallways or using a specific elevator only for removal work can keep things flowing while reducing the wait time of people carrying heavy items. What Can Be Done After Recycling? If there are parts that are damaged or too old to use in newer systems, simply separate them for recycling. A recycling professional can deliver recycling bins for parts, allowing you to remove specific components such as aluminum or copper heat sinks, hard drives containing rare earth magnets or many other recyclable materials inside computer. Spare parts need to be stored in static-free containers and labeled at the container level to reduce the amount of time needed to shuffle around for the right part. If you plan on getting rid of usable, but slightly old computers, a donation program may be available to help local schools and the less fortunate. All of the computers, parts and other recyclable materials can add up to a huge load. If you need to get rid of everything as soon as possible while still maintaining your plan, contact a recycling professional to hire a roll off dumpster service for easy loading and efficient...read more
After we made a commitment to focus on the environment as a family, we decided that it might make sense to start recycling. We focused carefully on sorting our plastic, metal, and paper, and we were able to completely overhaul how much trash we threw away. Within a few days, we were able to see a reduction in our amount of normal garbage accumulation, and an increase in the amount of materials we were sending in for recycling. It was great to teach our kids what they needed to know to protect the environment. This blog is all about learning how to recycle more effectively.