Technology is constantly advancing and changing, and that also means that products become obsolete every single day. We are constantly replacing old technology with new devices, and it can be hard to know what to do with those old products.
Recycling programs have become more popular, with companies and municipalities providing or hosting their own recycling services.
Desktops, laptops, monitors, printers, UPS, copiers, fax, servers, racks, scanners, cables, batteries and cellphones can all be recycled and even eventually refurbished.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that recycling hardware of electronics is a great way to help conserve resources and natural materials.
Hardware products are made from valuable materials, and those take energy to manufacture. When you recycle your hardware, you’re helping to conserve natural resources and prevent air and water pollution.
But that’s not all.
According to the EPA, “For every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.”
When you recycle your hardware, the disposal will be handled in compliance with e-waste standards, and with a responsible electronics recycling establishment. An important step to remember when recycling your hardware is to clear your data from the device. There are often built-in programs for this purpose, or you can download software to handle the data wipe yourself.
We recommend using these two ways to erase your data. Data erasure, which is a destructive write process, or data destruction, which is the physical destruction of a hard drive.
If you are a Mac or PC user, both Microsoft and Apple offer programs for recycling hardware. Microsoft even offers a Recycle for Rewards program, where you receive a Microsoft Store gift card if you recycle your hardware with them.
OSG offers hardware recycling services throughout the Chicagoland area. We follow e-waste standards, and will recycle your hardware through responsible electronics recycling or component refurbishment. This service is free to customers who want hassle-free recycling process.
Get a head start on scrapping your old hardware. Reach out today.