Frequently Asked Questions: Computers
When it comes to personal computing technology, the only constant is change! Check out the most common questions that our customers frequently ask when in need of help disposing of old or broken computers & notebooks.
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- 1-800-GOT-JUNK? FAQs
- Computer FAQs
- How are computers recycled?
- What happens to computers when they are thrown away?
- Can you throw away old laptops or computers?
- Why is it important to recycle or properly dispose of old computers?
- How do I Remove my Data Before Disposing of a Computer?
- What are my options for getting rid of computer monitors?
- What parts of my computer or notebook can be recycled?
- Can I throw away my old laptop in the trash?
- How do I know if I need a new computer?
- Computer FAQs
Computer & Notebook FAQs
Computers, laptops and old devices contain a variety of recyclable material such as silicon, tin, aluminum, iron, cadmium and plastic. Computers are also sources of valuable metals such as copper, aluminum, lead, gold and palladium, which can be melted down and reused over and over again without altering their properties.
When a computer is recycled, these materials are extracted and broken down into their raw components, like glass, metal, and plastic. The raw components are then reused and made into new products.
In order to ensure these items get properly recycled and don’t just end up in the landfill, you’ll need to take these items directly to the recycling facility. If you need help getting rid of your old computer, you can always call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’re computer recycling experts and will get those old computer parts out of your way in no time! We’ll handle everything for you, ensuring that your items are taken to the right place for recycling and proper disposal.
When you throw your old computers in the trash, there are a few things that can happen. Firstly, there’s a small chance that someone might salvage it before it gets collected, but it’s pretty unlikely that this will happen. If it gets picked up with your regular garbage, it’s unlikely that it will get separated for recycling. Once it ends up in the landfill, it sits there for years to come, where the toxic metals and flame retardants contained inside can slowly leak out, damaging the soil and potentially even the water supply. If you want to ensure this doesn’t happen, you’ll need to make sure it goes directly to a recycling facility.
The recycling facility will then use mechanical shredding and a high-tech separation device to take out the usable metals, which can then be sent to a smelter to be melted down and reused. Plastics and other materials will be separated out at this point too, and will be reused where possible.
If you want to ensure your old computer doesn’t end up in the landfill, you can trust 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to handle your computer disposal for you. We’ll remove your old computers right from your home or office and make sure they are reused or recycled where possible.
There are a few things that you should know about computer recycling before you think about throwing computers or other electronics away. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has specific guidelines for computer disposal. They would like to see computers be reused or donated first, recycled next, and then disposed of as a last resort.
Simply throwing your old computer or computer parts into the trash is not only wasteful, but it can be quite damaging to the environment. This is why computer and laptop recycling is so important. If you need help disposing of old computers, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is happy to help. We’ll remove your items right from where they’re located and get them out of your way quickly. We work hard to make sure computers are kept out of the landfill. We work with local charities to donate items that can be repaired or still used, and ensure that broken items are recycled as much as possible. When you call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, you can be confident in knowing your computer has been properly disposed of.
Many computers contain harmful materials such as mercury, lithium-ion, lead, dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), chromium, radioactive isotopes, and cadmium; which cause harm to the environment if they are not disposed of properly. That's why landfills don't take them and you can get hit with fines if you put your old computers out with the trash.
Recycling also recovers valuable rare earth metals and precious metals which are in short supply, as well as plastics. These can be reused in new devices after purification. Because we want to protect the environment, we recycle and donate computers everyday. When you call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, you can rest assured that we will dispose of your computers responsibly. We recycled before it was cool.
This depends on the type of computer you have. Different operating systems have different procedures to wipe your drive. The option to remove all the information is usually located in “settings”. Make sure to check your computer’s folders once it’s been restarted to make sure that your information has been deleted permanently. This is especially important if you plan to sell or donate the computer. If you need help getting rid of your computer, make sure to call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’ll get your computer and any other unwanted junk out of your way in no time!
First, you’ll need to unplug your monitor from the outlet and wipe the screen down if you plan to donate it to a thrift store or resell it. If you don’t feel like hauling your old monitors out of your house alone, the professional crew at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is ready take your junk away for you.
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You should always consider recycling a computer before you throw it away. Some recyclable materials such as glass monitors, keyboards, aluminum casing, hard drives, and power cords could become hazardous waste in landfills if not disposed of properly. If you need a hand with hauling out your old computer, then call our friendly crew at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to take it away!
If you’ve got broken computers or laptops lying around, throwing it in the trash might get you a hefty fine with your city or strata as it’s often illegal to dump e-waste. It is best that you ensure it gets recycled properly. (You should also make sure that your personal information is erased completely from your hard drive before disposal.) Once you are ready to have it hauled away, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Our clean and shiny trucks are ready to come to your home and take care of the heavy lifting for you!
You’ll know that you should dispose of your old computer or laptop when you hear loud fan noises. It might take a long time for tabs to load, and you can no longer run the latest software on your computer. Since computers are reasonably priced these days, upgrading your computer might cost even more than replacing it with a new one! If you’ve got a few old computers and laptops lying around the house, it’s best to call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to come to your house and give a free estimate. You don’t have to lift a finger and we do the heavy lifting for you!