Recycling Office and Home Computers Safely

Recycle IT Safely – Computers, Phone, Tablet & Hard Disks!

According to preliminary sales figures from Gartner and IDC, PC sales fell throughout 2016. Its seems that infrequent users like you and me are more likely to reach for a smart phone to access applications that ten years ago would have needed a PC.  As a result of this trend, the market is declining and is set to decline again in 2017. The graph below shows PC sales figures from 2006 to 2015 and the ongoing reduction in sales over more recent years.

PC Shipping Data
PC Shipping Data

It’s also worth noting that PC enthusiasts, gamers and the business sector will continue to purchase PC in large volumes and globally, PC sales in 2016 stood at approx. 269.7 million unit shipped which is still a large number.

Data and Information 

Even with PC sales slowing we are all still large consumers of information and we are buying lots of electronic equipment with hard disk drives (HDD) to store business and personal customer information including photos of everything from our kids to bank statements and passwords (so we can have a reminder).

Whether this information is stored on external HDD, mobile phones, tablets, memory cards, memory keys or other storage devices people should be aware how important it is to destroy and recycle safely once the items have served their purpose. Both business and personal data can be valuable to others so it’s important to destroy the data on your PC, phone, memory card or tablet.

Hard Disk Drives - Recycle IT
Hard Disk Drives – Recycle IT

You might be thinking, what will I do with all that information on the HDD before recycling a PC?  If so, please don’t try to  burn  or use industrial-strength magnetic forces on the devices as these methods are not full proof or safe!

What to Do next?

The key is to destroying your computer HDD is ensuring it can’t ever spin again. The physical destruction of the drive means increased confidence that stored data is obliterated and can never be used again. This is the method Recycle IT prescribe and practice.

In the interest of time and money you don’t need to destroy the full PC or laptop just the hard drive which is a small box inside of computer itself and usually contains sensitive information including credit card information, photos or contact details. So if you are upgrading to a new computer device (desktop computer, phone, laptop, tablet, etc.) please arrange for removal of the hard drive at the same time as recycling the computer!

How to Destroy the HDD?

If you are looking to dispose of an old computer with a hard drive, it’s really best to physically destroy the old hard drive just to be 100% certain that the old data is completely destroyed.  Recycle IT use electronic tools and powerful cutting tools to ensure the HDD is destroyed. This method is an ideal option for disposal of home or office hard drives.

Drilling or Cutting Hard Disk Drives - Recycle IT
Drilling or Cutting Hard Disk Drives – Recycle IT

Safety in Destruction

Our team take every precaution from wearing protective goggles, gloves, and a dust mask for mouth and nose when cutting into the metal drive. They can cut right through the drive, from one side to the other multiple times ensuring the platters and the controller board are shattered.  Once complete Recycle IT can provide destruction and disposal certification depending on your needs.

Finally

It’s worth making the point again – failure to arrange destruction of your old hard drives at the time of recycling your computer or phone could result in the inappropriate sharing of sensitive 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).

During 2016 Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to 100,000 homes and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, printers and networking equipment. This helps sustain jobs and create training opportunites for people returning to works.

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.

Recycle IT - Pakman Award Winner 2016
Recycle IT – Pakman Award Winner 2016

If  you need more information you can call Recycle IT a call on 01 4578321 or email info@recycleit.ie

To learn more about recycling old batteries from you office safely please click UPS battery systems

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Recycle IT – Pakman Award Winners 2016

The Pakman Awards 2016

The Pakman Awards are a national awards programme that recognize excellence in waste management and recycling among businesses, organisations, community groups and individuals in Ireland. The overall awards are arranged by Repak with various categories sponsored by a range of Irish organisations which you will find listed here.

Whether you are a local recycler, tidy towns group just starting out or a large organisation recovering, processing or transporting waste materials you are encouraged to submit an entry.

Recycle IT - Shortlisted for Pakman Awards 2016
Recycle IT – Pakman Award Winners 2016

In late summer 2016  Recycle IT submitted our first application to the Pakman Awards and we were delighted to be shortlisted. Then on October 27th 2016 we went one step further and were announced as winners of the overall award in the category, Environmental Education and Awareness Initiatives. 

The award ceremony was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge Dublin 4 on the evening of October 27th. It was a fantastic event which promoted and rewarded the work of organisations large and small across Ireland.

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John McEntee and Una Lavelle – Recycle IT

As an organisation we were thrilled to receive our award from Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Mr Denis Naughten and CEO of Repak, Mr Seamus Clancy. (pictured above)  We want to thank all those involved throughout the process for their efforts and support and especially our hard working collection and recycling teams.

About the Pakman Award

The Pakman Awards was launched in 2015 by Repak to replace the Repak Recycling Awards and allow more accessibility to the awards for all organisations who demonstrate their sustainability and environmental efforts.  The inaugural Pakman marked a significant change in the direction for Repak whose awards were previously only open to its members and recovery operators. Now all organisations who can demonstrate their environmental waste management practices and efforts can enter.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is a not for profit social enterprise providing a collection and drop off service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). During 2015 Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to 100,000 homes 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  work with schools, residents associations, voluntary groups and charities across Dublin and the surrounding areas to support reuse and recycling initiatives including WEEE workshops, bring days, and community gardening using re-purposed waste.

Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

Visit our website for further details.

Please click here to learn more about all the Pakman Award Winners 2016.

 

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Recycle IT  are recognised as Age Friendly by Age Friendly Ireland

39 Reuse Tips – Reuse Month 2016

Reuse IT 

For generations in Ireland and across Europe thrift was one of the main reasons for reuse.  In the developing world it’s still the case and leads to very high levels of reuse.  In Ireland as in other developed countries rising wages and greater consumer purchasing power has increased demand for convenience products.

Minions - Reuse Toilet Roll Tubes
Minions – Reuse Toilet Roll Tubes

This has greatly reduced reuse of lower value items in favor of disposal or recycling.  Recycling is positive and has great benefits but uses resources including time, human capital and natural resources (e.g. fuel) to get the items to locations where they can be recycled effectively.

If you can reuse an item yourself, it can help save money, save time, and the environment Reuse helps reduced CO2 emissions and the mining of raw materials.  Reuse can be a matter of thinking a little differently and figuring out how old milk cartons, cans, bags, bicycles, tires, packing or wood maybe reuse to match your needs. Reuse will truly find a new life for items around your home or workplace.

We have created 39 reuse tips for reuse month, October 2016 – Have a read and see what you can do!

39 Tips 

  1. Create reusable lunch boxes or storage containers from large plastic ice cream tubs.
  2. After a picnic or BBQ, wash and save plastic knives, forks and spoons then store for your next outdoor event.
  3. Reuse large plastic milk container to water garden plants rather than a hose: pierce small holes in the top side of the container and fill with water for slow, steady and simple watering.
  4. Harvest seeds from fruit and vegetables and try to grow them!
  5. Use paper egg cartons or toilet paper tubes (both are biodegradable) to start growing seeds into plants. They can be dropped right into the soil once strong enough.
  6. Turn toilet rolls or paper towel tubes into playthings for children or nesting materials for your small pets.
  7. Create egg carton crafts

    Reuse IT - Egg Carton Alligator
    Reuse IT – Egg Carton Alligator
  8. Store printed pictures and photos in poly pockets to reduce the aging effects from humidity, damp and light.
  9. Use old wine corks to create a floating key ring; your keys won’t sinking while at the pool, beach or lake.
  10. Use a 2-liter plastic bottle to create a bird feeder.
  11. Used cold bacon fat in a tuna or cat food tin to feed you feathered friends, just hang from a tree or post in the garden.
  12. Put old newspaper under a tablecloth to offer protection against spills.
  13. Clean your window on Monday with Sundays newspapers (instead of paper towel)
  14. Place an open jar or bowl of dried, used coffee grounds in your refrigerator or freezer to neutralize odors.
  15. Keep a jar of dried, used coffee grounds to use with washing up liquid. It acts as a scouring agent for baked on food
  16. Placed used coffee grounds in a ring around garden plants to keep bugs and slugs away.
  17. Refresh your eyes fresh with chilled and dampened tea bags taken from the fridge.
  18. Cut old bike tire tubes tube into strips to make rubber bands in custom sizes.
  19. Cut or shred paper or thin card into eco-friendly packing material for presents or parcels.

    Reuse IT Washing Machine Drum Light
    Reuse IT – Washing Machine Drum Light
  20. As kids out grow coloring pencils, pens and art supplies try donating them to your local school.
  21. Empty bottles, sweet boxes and biscuit tins can be used as small screw holders, tool boxes, sewing kit or cake holders.
  22. Collect old soap ends in to stocking leg and keep by an outdoor tap, ensuring you have hand wash for outside use.
  23. Cut up old t-shirts and use them to clean up messy spills around the house and in the garage.
  24. Used an old adult t-shirt as painting overalls for your kids – saves washing clothes.
  25. Old tights make great rags for cleaning, dusting and shining
  26. Old tights can be reused as sleeves for storing posters, wallpaper rolls, wrapping paper or anything else that needs to stay rolled up.
  27. Cut the legs of old jeans for make supper cool shorts for summer.
  28. Use banana peels to shine your shoes. Rub the inside of the peel on shoes, then shine with a soft cloth.
  29. Turn bread heals into breadcrumbs once dried out. Just blitzed.
  30. Use the peels of juiced lemons and limes to make zest and twists, which can be dried or frozen for later use.
  31. Use juiced citrus fruit halves sprinkled with salt to clean stainless steel and other metal fixtures.
  32. Add a piece of orange peel to brown sugar to ensure it stays soft.
  33. Don’t throw away half used copy books, up-cycle into kid’s  drawing books.
  34. Unravel woolen jumpers and knit something new for you!
  35. Reused material from 3 or 4 broken umbrellas to assemble a retro style rain poncho.
  36. Jars can be cleaned and used to store homemade jams, preserves or even as desk organizer for pens, paper clips or pencils.
  37. Save old toothbrushes to scrub hard to reach places, like grout, sinks or behind water taps.
  38. Collect broken china to re-tile outdoor tables, flower pots or paths.
  39. Hang old clothes drawers or washing machine drums on the wall to create shelves or used them as storage boxes.

Waste is Treasure! 

We all know one person’s waste is another person’s treasure. Instead of discarding unwanted electrical appliances, tools or clothes, try selling or donating them, you will be reducing waste and helping others.

Local community groups, charity shops, schools and nonprofit organisations may accept a variety of donated items, including used books, paint, working toys and unneeded furniture. Please click here to learn more

Reuse IT - Milk Carton - Water Carton
Reuse IT – Milk Carton – Water Carton
About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is a not for profit social enterprise providing a community collection service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). During 2015 Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to 100,000 homes and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE including over 7000 monitors and TV’s. Recycle IT also work with communities across Dublin to support reuse.

Our services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. We are authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authority.

Visit our website for further details.

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