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Does Your Business Have A Computer Recycling System?

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If your business needs to remove computers, cabinets, beams, or barrels into the garbage more than once a year, you could be throwing away a lot of metal. In addition to hazardous waste or controlled waste laws in some states, you're often tossing out a lot of money that could either pay for cost of disposal or even bring some money back into the business. Here are a few business-class computer recycling concerns, along with some solutions for efficient recycling.

Computers Have Valuable, Recyclable Materials

Although the metal content of computers has reduced over the past two or three decades, there are still some valuable materials that can fetch a decent price at recycling centers.

Most computers are built with sturdy, folded aluminum and single sheet aluminum panel cases. These cases also have folded or angled aluminum beams and struts that can be removed with screwdrivers, rivet removers, or forced by hand if storage size is a concern.

Inside the computers are at least one, but often two or three electrical boards: the motherboard, a sound card, and a video card. These boards are made of a resin-based wafer, but have copper and other metals in small amounts. 

Solid blocks of aluminum or copper can be found in almost every computer. The heat sink is usually mounted on top of a processor, which is locked into the motherboard and bound with a bit of heat-dried thermal paste. The heat sinks have decent value, but ask an Information Technology (IT) professional if the processors may be worth reselling. Processors can go for around $100 to several hundred depending on the age, and most processors less than 4 or 5 years old should be able to fetch at least its retail value.

Bulk And Component Recycling Planning

The easiest way to dispose of computers, office equipment, and consumer electronics is to get a separate dumpster that is marked specifically as a recycling container. 

Specific recycling dumpster marking will make it easier for everyone to direct disposable metal during mass projects or simply when tossing out a damaged or old system. The main concern is that your recycling dumpster will only be serviced by a recycling pickup service and ignored by the general garbage collection.

It's possible to hire the same company to handle all garbage concerns, and the marking is still necessary to make recycling center delivery efficient. Training employees in using the proper dumpsters is paramount, as some people may try to save time by throwing away their garbage in any way they seem fit, which can cost you money as labor costs during sifting increase.

If your business wants to break down electronics into specific components and materials, color-coded recycling bins is the way to go. These bins can allow your business to create an organization system, such as putting all copper in orange bins, or specifically marking a certain bin as "power supplies only". 

Hand-carry bins or totes can then be carried out only when full or when the trip is worth the time, and can be helpful if you're waiting for a specifically high pay rate (or avoiding a historically low pay rate) at recycling centers.

Contact a dumpster rental professional to discuss container, delivery schedules, and recycling center pay rate planning. Visit a site like for more help.