The term recycling is most commonly used as an all in phrase for keeping things out of the trash and landfills. While that may work, reusing and recycling are two completely different things! When it comes to computers, part of the process is taking it apart and separating all the inside pieces. The goal here is to find the components that work and reuse them.
Typical Recycled Computer Parts:
- power supplies
- graphics cards
- hard drives
Obviously, the most logical thing to do when your computer breaks or you find you are no longer using it is to sell or donate to someone. Even if you feel the computer is worthless the parts on the inside might just be worth a whole lot to someone else. A skilled professional, like all of our team members, is able to determine and remove all working parts and then the rest goes to the recycler.
When E Waste is not reusable it is susceptible to the recycling process. Almost all parts of a computer are able to be recycled instead of wasted, pretty cool huh! That doesn’t make it a simple process however. There are many different components to a computer this means that there are multiple recycling categories the parts of the computer go to. The recyclable pieces will go to a smelter who will shred and melt down the pieces. After this is complete the raw materials will be able to be used again.
At Upcycle Tech Foundation, we reuse as much as we make sure to reuse as much as we possibly can. Not only does it produce more computers and equipment available for purchase, it keeps our footprint that much smaller. As a computer recycler it is our mission to give life back to donations. With all our donations we are able to give back to our community here in Tulsa and work at home agents across the country. We hope that once you are finished with your PC, you choose to sell or donate as seen fit. Together we can keep our landfills clean of E Waste.