How To Recycle Your Computer

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Recycling your computer is an excellent way to help preserve materials for use in new electronics and to keep toxic chemicals out of landfills. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that recycling one million laptops would save an energy equivalent that could power more than 3,500 homes in a whole year!

Over 98% of a computer is recyclable! Toxic materials such as copper, PCR plastics and LCD glass can be reused in products such as circuit boards, wiring and plastic casings.

AIT has helped companies recycle over 4.2 million pounds of electronic waste. Getting started with recycling your computer or any other electronics is simple! Just contact us and our team will provide you with a solution promptly.

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Back Up Your Data

If you would like to keep the data on your computer’s hard drive, then it would be a good idea to back up your data. You can do this in a variety of ways. Some methods include transferring data to a secondary storage device, flash drive or cloud server.
Check out our guide on backing up your data for each type of electronic device.

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Prepare Your Computer for Recycling

Once you have backed up your data, it is important to collect all of the e-waste that you would like to recycle in one place for easy retrieval. Then, you can contact an electronics recycler to pick up your e-waste. AIT offers pick up, drop off and mail-in options.

If you are preparing multiple computers for a mail-in, we have created a guide on how to wrap and place monitors together safely in a box for shipment.

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We also recycle any peripheral computer accessories such as a mouses, keyboards, speakers and computer towers.

Contact an E-Waste Recycler

We are happy to help you recycle your computers! With decades of experience in electronics recycling, data destruction and ITAD management, AIT is your premier one-stop e-waste recycler.

AIT will always provide you with full documentation detailing your recycling overview including:

  • Certificate of Destruction (CoD)
  • Certificate of Recycling
  • Full E-Waste Recycling Report

With accessible pick-up, drop-off and mail-in options available, AIT is excited to bridge the sustainability gap as your recycling partner.

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