Computers – the end of life options!
Advances in computer, laptop tablet and smart phones, hardware and software make a lot of equipment go out of date very quickly. The United Nations University (UNU) found that more than 44 million metric tonnes of electronic waste were generated globally in 2016, with just 20% documented as recycled.
As technology continues to change better models of computers are released replacing existing models. As you keep up with the latest technology, you are likely have old computers sitting around. They can’t be disposed with other waste and as they get older they can’t be easily reused! Generally safe recycling becomes a better option. Outdated computer hardware and software, renewal of licenses for related applications and parts upgrades all influence reuse of IT equipment.
If you plan to replace a computer tablet or phone at home or in the office make sure you keep all the leads, discs and instruction manuals to allow easy reuse.
Recycle IT promote the Reduce, Repair, Reuse and Recycle model – you will find some guidance below
- Use your current computer equipment for as long as possible.
- Prior to new purchases research your IT needs. You should really know what you want from your computers, who will use the computer and for what purpose.
- This makes it easier to buy the right computer or laptop with the correct software installed. meaning the computer can serve you needs over a longer period.
- Check that your new computer can easily be upgraded without needing to be replaced.
- Get support with your IT challenges using on-line technical support groups.
- Find a computer shop or repair service close to you. A useful link – repairmystuff.ie
- Take your computer or laptop back to the store where you bought it for warranty support.
- Once informed about the choices, ask yourself, is repair worthwhile?
- Approach a local community group, preschool or school and ask if they could benefit from reusing the item.
- Offer a useful computer to a younger member of the family.
- Donate to a charity. Call before taking computers to a charity shop as not every shop can accept electrical/electronic equipment.
- Remove personal data and passwords safely prior to reuse.
- Drop off your old computer to Recycle IT in Dublin for free and safe recycling.
- Place your laptop or tables in a box and post to Recycle IT for safe recycling.
- Have computers and all related equipment collected for recycling. (free or fee-based collections offered).
- Recycle your really old IT for component reuse.
Recycle IT – Creating Training and Jobs
Electronic items including computers which are unable to be refurbished and reused can be sent to Recycle IT at our Dublin based electronic recycling facility. IT equipment of all shapes and sizes is broken down for component parts and metal reuse. If more people, follow use this route to recycling our organisation can increase its overall sustainability and efforts to recycle. Chosing this option helps support jobs in the community and hlep with safe environmentally friendly recycling. Call our team on 01 4578321 to learn more!
Recycle IT are an award-winning community enterprise providing recycling collection and drop off services for all types of waste electrical, electronic equipment (WEEE) and pure metal items.
During 2017 Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to over 90,000 homes, schools, charities and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and TV’s.
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.