Most businesses have one—an office, desk, file cabinet or even a corner in the supply closet where outdated computers and gadgets are laid to rest. Maybe you’re concerned you might need info on them someday. Or maybe no one feels confident in how and where to dispose of them safely. Or it just might be hard to part with equipment that was so costly to acquire, even if they are far past their usefulness.
The good news is that your graveyard is a far safer place for your old electronics than simply giving them away or throwing them in the trash. But a better approach would be to sanitize and recycle your old electronics.
Security Risks of Old Computers
Before you recycle anything that has data on it like computers, cell phones, or back-up drives, they need to be purged. And it should be done by a professional because it’s not what you see that’s a danger, it’s what you don’t see.
There is a lot of info on these machines, both personal and business, which only an expert can easily access and remove. This study by MIT students tells how criminals get hold of those discarded machines to get information on them for various types of fraud.
If you’re an Aeko client, we can sanitize computers that you no longer need before disposal. Once they have been sanitized, there many options for disposal in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
Benefits of Recycling Old Computers
Of course, once the computer is sanitized, there’s no cyber security risk to dumping it in the garbage. But before you do, consider these stats from the EPA:
- Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year.
- For every million cell phones recycled, the following can be recovered:
- 35 thousand pounds of copper
- 772 pounds of silver
- 75 pounds of gold
- 33 pounds of palladium
Where to Recycle Computers and Electronics
If you are an Aeko client, we can assist you with finding a private e-recycling vendor when needed. In general, here are a few places to bring computers and other electronic devices for disposal in the Dallas Fort Worth area:
- City of Dallas. The City of Dallas offers electronics recycling at four drop-off Electronics recycling locations. This service is provided to all Dallas residents at no charge.
- City of Fort Worth. The City of Fort Worth also offers free recycling to residents for computers and other electronic equipment. Visit Fort Worth electronics recycling for the drop-off locations and other information.
- Manufacturers and Retailers. The EPA keeps a list of manufacturers and retailers that offer recycling drop off points for various electronics. View the list.
Getting rid of computers is not difficult, but make sure you protect your data first. If you are an Aeko client, contact your account manager about sanitizing old computers before you visit a recycling location. Not a client? Contact us or book an appointment.
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