Computer Recycling Process

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Why Computer Recycling is Important

As technological advancements make computers and other IT hardware a common commodity in households and workplaces, there is also a surge in the computer recycling and disposal of e-waste. Disposing of a computer effectively is very crucial to the environment as well as the people.

When a computer is disposed off ineffectively, it will release toxins and chemicals that harm human and animal lives. On the other hand, the natural resources that create a single computer, i.e., zinc, copper, and iron, are also wasted once the computer is discarded.

To save these resources from going to waste and preventing the release of harmful chemicals and toxins in the air, we must take a step towards computer recycling processes that are safe and ethical.

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What Is Involved In A Computer Recycling Process?

Obsolete computers and laptops are a great resource of secondary raw materials used in many different industries. If each computer is recycled to make the most of the resources, we can move towards a world with less e-waste. However, there are several ways to recycle computers and laptops.

Computer recycling is the process of dismantling the components of a computer to use them as raw materials for other purposes. The dismantled resources can be further subjected to treatments, including shredding and incineration.

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Types Of The Computer Recycling Processes

There are two main types of the computer recycling processes used to make optimal use of your computer and laptop components.


1. De-Manufacturing

De-manufacturing is the computer recycling process of manually dismantling a computer or laptop device to make use of its components. This method aims to use every single reusable part of the computer to maximize efficiency and minimize waste.

For example, dismantling the motherboard to extract metals from it helps provide the raw material for new computers and laptops. Similarly, you can recycle a dismantled LCD screen to make a new screen for a new computer.


2. Shredding

Shredding is a fully mechanized computer recycling process of extracting essential resources from old computers. You need to feed the computer to a shredder which will shred the computer into large, flat pieces. These pieces can then be identified as plastic or metals and separated for future use.

For example, the flat pieces can be melted down as usable plastics or metals. Precious metals are usually sifted out while other pieces are used as raw materials for building recycled products.

The Actual Computer Recycling Process

Here are the steps that are taken to recycle your laptop or computer to eliminate waste.

  1. Step 1

    The recyclable laptops and computers are collected from the owner’s place and brought to the recycling unit.

  2. Step 2

    The collected devices are then manually separated into groups of recyclables, reusable and nonreusable items.

  3. Step 3

    The sorted computer hardware and other material then undergo testing to confirm whether they are reusable.

  4. Step 4

    The reusable resources are shipped off to industries where manufacturers can use them.

  5. Step 5

    Recyclable computer hardware is manually dismantled and separated. These parts are then sold individually.

  6. Step 6

    The leftover nonreusable part of the computer goes into the shredder to be properly shredded and disposed of.

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