A World of Computers
Every day is a recycling day for our team. It’s our passion and its the reasons we share regular news, updates and information related to recycling.
In this post, we have particularly focused on recycling computer or IT equipment. As we all know there are tons of old PCs and laptops in homes and offices which are of no further use and could be recycled for reuse.
We also know computer owners and pc users are sometimes reluctant to hand old equipment over for recycling. We hope you can take a few minutes to read and maybe rethink!
According to Gartner Dataquest’s statistics, in April 2002 the billionth personal computers were shipped. The second billion mark was supposedly reached in 2007. But how many computers are in use? According to a report by Forrester Research, there were over one billion PCs in use worldwide by the end of 2008. With changing computer trends and emerging markets growing fast, its s estimated that there are over two billion computer type devices in use today. In 2017 alone approx. 60 million PCs were shipped each quarter worldwide. That is a lot of PC’s which can be reused and/or recycled.
Continuous updates in technology are hard to keep up with. Every 12 – 18 months’ new models of computers, laptops, tablets and even phones are introduced. This, in turn, makes older models obsolete, and since they cannot be thrown in the bin, reuse or recycling becomes an option.
Computer recycling hopefully means giving old computers to a licensed waste facility where they are tested for reuse or disassembled into component parts for reuse. If required these components can be further broken down and reused as raw material for a new purpose.
Based on research conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the world produced nearly 49 million metric tons of used electrical and electronic products last year. That’s an average of about 20 kg per person or 8 average laptops for each of the 7 billion people in the world today.
With approximately 240 million – 300 million new computer devices manufactured annually for sale, recycling old computers and computer components is really important and should be regarded as the norm!
9 Reasons to Recycle Your Old Computer
- Recycling and Natural Resources
A lot of materials and parts can be recovered from old electronics. These materials can be reused as raw materials to make new products, thus reducing the need and cost to mine new materials. (e.g. metals like copper and iron) Did you know the metals recovered from a computer’s circuit board can be recycled to make new circuit boards for other electronics items like house alarms or monitors?
- Recycling Computers and the Environment
Recycling is very eco-friendly, as it prevents hazardous waste like lead from entering our environment Many old computers contain harmful materials like lead and mercury, and if disposed of improperly, may harm humans, animals or the environment. Instead of dumping electronic equipment or storing items in the house or office why not recycle the items safely
- Computer Recycling and Local Employment
Considering that more than 90% of computer products are recyclable, recycling can play a part in creating employment. Social Enterprises such as Recycle IT recover electronic each day. The more we equipment collected and recycled the greater the opportunities for further employment. Recycling is labour intensive and employment can be boosted by recycling locally so support social enterprises like Recycle IT to create jobs!
- Computer Reuse Supports the Community
As part of community responsibility, reuse of old computers and electrical equipment can help support the development of community training opportunities. You can enable people to access a computer, learn about technology, build confidence and prepare for a bright future in their community by simply giving your older computer for reuse by community groups or community educational programmes.
- Eco-Friendly Benefits
The amounts of WEEE being discarded grows daily. Over time, the waste accumulates to take up valuable space in homes, offices warehouses and even outdoors. If toxins leak they can infiltrate soil and water systems which can cause soil and water pollution. Recycling can help reserve these consequences and protect the environment from pollution.
- Economic Benefits
Some newer computer equipment can be traded. This type of reuse helps the environment and your pocket. Many retail shops are offering trade-in options where you take back old electronic equipment and trade in to reduce the cost of the new equipment. Trading in means economic benefits for you, the consumer and helps shops and manufacturers close the loop on recycling.
- Recycling Supports Reuse
Recycling helps in the recovery of materials used in the initial manufacturing process. Many parts of computer hardware are reusable, and recycling them prevents them from going to waste. When recycling is complete correctly, fewer resources and energy are needed to manufacture the same products again.
- Recycling WEEE under Irish Legislation
To address increasing electrical and electronic waste streams the EU introduced the WEEE directive – 2002/96/EC. Ireland implemented this legislation on time and approved two compliance schemes; WEEE Ireland and ERP Ireland. The WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC from August 13th, 2005, places the obligation upon all producers and distributors of waste electronic and electrical equipment to comply . We can all help with compliance by recycling. You can try one of the many retail take back schemes, your local bring centre or recycle with a community organisation.
- Social Donation
Social responsibility sometime includes being able to donate to worthy causes. What you might consider an old computer maybe a value resource which can be passed to others including families and children who can’t afford to buy a new computer. Refurbishment of computers allows reuse by others including community groups or low-income families.
Recycle for Reuse
Instead of keeping dusty old computers at home or in the office please consider recycling them for component reuse. As you can see it is extremely beneficial to both the environment and community.
Remember computers and similar items can be dropped off at no cost or you can avail of a free community collection service while we are in your area. Recycle IT can also offer a cost-effective personal or business collection if you decide to declutter or create space.
Call our team on 01 4578321 or click here to email for further information.
About Recycle IT
Recycle IT is an award-winning not for profit social enterprise providing a collection and drop off service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Recycle IT offer drop off and collection services to over thousands of homes, schools, charities and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and TVs.
Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.