How to Recycle a Used Computer in Georgia

by Alexia Petrakos

If you like to keep up with the latest technology when it comes to computers, you probably have a stash of older computers in your garage collecting dust, not to mention monitors, keyboards, printers and other peripherals. These computers may still work or be destined for the junk pile, but because of the non-biodegradable and potentially hazardous metals, it's best to find a place for these old machines other than a landfill.

Recycling, reusing or giving these old pieces of technology to non-profit organizations keeps landfills free of harmful materials. In Georgia there are several options to help you get rid of your old computers, from donating the old hardware to complete recycling.

Delete all sensitive information from your computer. It's rarely enough these days to just hit "Delete" and empty the recycle bin or trash. Run a program like Darik's Boot and Nuke to completely erase your hard drive. See "Resources" below for more programs like this.

Call the local schools and see if they're in need of any computer equipment. Make sure everything is in working order before you drop it all off, including a functional operating system installation.

Contact your area not-for-profit organizations such as places of worship or other non-profits. There are some organizations that refurbish and donate computers to those who can't afford them. Georgia's Computer Recycling Program, ReBoot, refurbishes old computers and donates them to people with disabilities. They also accept software, telephones, cell phones, office furniture, copiers and other equipment. See "Resources" below for a link to ReBoot.

Locate a Computer Recycling Site near you. If your computer hardware and other peripherals are beyond repair, it's time for recycling. Major office supply stores may also offer computer recycling. As an added bonus for the busy folks out there, some businesses will even pick up your old hardware for a fee. See the "Resources" below for the Computer Recycling Center Locater.

Warning

  • close Do not dismantle any monitor, especially if it's a CRT. It can be very hazardous since CRT monitors can store a high voltage charge.

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About the Author

Alexia Petrakos has been working in the web industry for 10 years, helping clients such as Cartoon Network, CNN, Nascar, CARE USA. Mainly focusing on front-end web coding, she's also done technical writing and QA. Alexia's taught several classes on HTML & Web Development at workplaces and local libraries. Her love for computers was nurtured by her father who always brought home the latest technologies. When she's not geeking out Alexia is often found playing with paint, paper & fabric.

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