10 Methods to Recycle Old IT Equipment

Updated: Apr 2

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Old IT equipment can be a real hassle. You may have the best intentions to recycle it, but not everyone knows how to do so. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of ways you can responsibly dispose of this old equipment for you and your company:

Simple Steps

1. Group up old IT equipment in one area or location.

2. Contact your local recycling center to find out what they accept and what you need to provide.

3. Label each item with the type of components it contains like CPU, RAM, keyboard, mouse, monitor.

4. Make sure that all cords are unplugged from the computer and that all buttons are turned off.

5. If there is any data on the device that can’t be removed or transferred off it (like hard drives), make sure your data is wiped before disposing of it.

6. Take apart any wired devices such as printers and scanners.

7. Contact a qualified IT equipment recycling vendor for collection and recycling.


What old IT equipment is recyclable

The first step is to identify what equipment is recyclable. Any IT equipment that is not a hazardous material and contains no mercury, lead, or cadmium can be recycled. This includes:

  • Large appliances such as fridges and washing machines

  • Small appliances such as toasters and kettles

  • IT equipment such as mobile phones, computers, TFT monitors, servers, routers, switches, laptop recycling, and more

  • Consumer equipment such as radios and TVs

  • Lighting equipment

  • Electrical and electronic tools

  • Leisure and sports equipment

  • Medical devices

  • Monitoring and control equipment

  • Automatic dispensers such as coffee machines, cash machines, EPOS, and more.

  • Data centres.

  • CCTV’s

Methods on how to dispose of old IT equipment

In order to properly dispose of old IT equipment, there are a few things you should do. First, make sure that all cords are unplugged from the computer and that all buttons are turned off. Second, if there is any data on the device that can’t be removed or transferred off it (like hard drives), make sure that it is wiped clean before disposing of it. Third, take apart any wired devices such as printers and scanners. Finally, group up old IT equipment in one area or location and contact your local recycling vendor to help you wipe your data from the computer hard drive and get them to send the computer to the recycling center.



Methods on how to dispose of old IT equipment

There are many different ways to dispose of old IT equipment. You can donate the equipment to someone in need, recycle the equipment, or sell the equipment. The best way to dispose of old IT equipment will depend on your situation. But, first make sure your data is completely removed. At Computer Home Intelligence, our vision is to help you manage your IT equipment disposal in a smooth, easy and efficient manner.

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