Computers (CPUs, monitors, peripherals, keyboards)
Every day in the United States, we throw out about 130,000 computers. What can you do when you no longer need yours?
Computers should never be dumped into a landfill. They are a valuable resource.
Computers contain a variety of recyclable material, including plastic, metal, and glass. In fact, nearly 100% of a computer is capable of being recycled.
When recycling electronics, make sure you're working with a reputable recycler such as Waste Management, who operates with integrity and transparency. Ask questions: What do you do with the equipment? Where do you send parts to be recovered? Where are the CRTs, metals, and plastics sent? Who handles the data destruction? Is the hard drive wiped clean of information? Is documentation of this provided? Can you give me information so I can delete all data and personal information myself?
Peripherals can also be recycled. These include keyboards, cables, mice, computer speakers, printers, scanners, floppy drives, optical media and external hard drives.
Certain retailers and manufacturers, including IBM, offer electronics recycling programs. Go to wm.com/ibm for more info.