Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Computer Recycling

Computers are found just about everywhere we look these days. Yet what happens to them when they stop functioning? Too many of them end up at dumps taking up space. They aren’t biodegradable so they are just going to sit there. The concept of computer recycling is one that has been introduced for that reason. These efforts began in 1994 yet too many individuals and business owners don’t know enough about it.

One of the best ways to really help out is to donate your computer to someplace that needs them. You may not think it is worth anything but it really may be. Many colleges have extensive programs in computer programming and repair. By offering to donate your old computer to them students can take them apart and see what they need in order to work again. It is a great way for them to get more hands on training.

You can also donate your old computer to a non profit organization. They can get someone to repair it and then donate it to someone who really needs it. In many instances computers still work that people don’t want any more. They have simply upgraded to a more advanced model and want to get their old one out of the way. By donating your old computer you can even get a tax deduction for such offers.

Some individuals worry about the information that is stored on their computer. You can contact computer repair shop and ask them how to handle this. For a very small fee most of them will remove the data so you don’t have to worry. In many instances though if you tell them you are going to be donating the computer they will take care of this matter for you at no charge.

In some areas it is now against the law to place old computers and monitors out in the trash. If you don’t want to hang on to them you better find another alternative. Contact a few organizations in your area. You can also contact your local college to find out who can benefit from such electronic items. Do your best to find a place for your old computer other than the dump.