By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection
Green is somewhat an oxymoron when talking about computer parts, but you can do lots of things to help with the end products once they are no longer useful. The best approach is to have them re-used by professionals.
One way to be green is to have a professional (such as myself) begin by removing all your information from the hard drive and formatting it so no one can get to your personal information. Once this has been accomplished, you have made it possible for the desktop or laptop to be donated to Goodwill or some other similar organization in the future.
When that time comes, look for an organization that will dispose of the materials in a green or earth friendly manner. Professionals like myself take a certain amount of “waste” to be re-used. Many internal pieces of computers are outdated and are not reusable in a product that could be sold but can be used for training purposes, donations, etc.
One of the biggest problems with computers is when they are discarded overseas to other countries that have lax rules and are broken down for the silver and other precious metals outside with no protection for either the people or the environment.
When considering buying new equipment, whether laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets, etc., always ask if the store has a “buyback” program. It can help with the purchase price and allow the old item to be recycled in a “green” way.
One note: Make sure your data has been “wiped” prior to recycling. Again a pro can help.
Look forward to some good questions and helping you out. If you need immediate assistance you can always reach Rent A Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843.822.7794.