Even Laptops Need Recycling

Though a laptop is the height of modern technology we have to understand that they can reach the end of their usable life. Whether they suffer major electrical issues, massive motherboard meltdowns, or are just not worth the energy they consume, all laptops face the inevitable end. So, what do you do with these devices that are so small and yet packed with so many potentially problematic materials? Do you put them in a closet for the next twenty years? Do you toss them in the garbage? Can you recycle them?

 

Recycling Your Old Laptops

Fortunately, the answer to the last question is a great big YES! You will not have to worry about what happens to the lead, glass, plastic and precious metals that fill your laptop. Instead, you can rest assured that all of the reusable or salvageable goods are handled accordingly.

How to Recycle Laptops

It is very interesting to note that there are so many computers and laptops recycled that the world’s largest electronics dealers work directly with them. For instance, you can head to a “big box” store such as Best Buy and use their recycling services to deliver a laptop into trained hands.

This would see the hard drive removed, emptied of data and destroyed. It would also see the materials salvaged by massive shredding machines that miraculously divide the contents into piles of plastic, metal, precious metal, and more. Any of the circuit boards contained in the laptop, and any of the other reusable materials are also harvested during the recycling process too.

The Result of Recycling Laptops

This means that your old laptop will have served you well for many years and then gone on to become another machine or at least the part of another modern laptop. You should explore all of your options because modern electronics can be very detrimental when simply thrown into a local landfill.