The throw away computer

The saturation of information technology is leading to overproduction of electronic and electrical appliances around the world.

As new products are introduced more and more rapidly, the life span of our tech hardware becomes shorter and shorter. The quest to have the most recent technology causes us to trade up to a new television every 7 years, a new computer every 5 years, and a new mobile phone every 2 years. Competing manufacturers announce the smallest improvement over the last generation of hardware with great fanfare and a new product roll-out. The gadget arms race, exciting as it can be, comes at a cost.


Disposal of it equipment

E-waste, and disposal of IT equipment, while not always hazardous, is by virtue of the volume of products being discarded to make way for the new, a danger to be carefully monitored

Electronics contain a wide range of toxic components that can, when not properly disposed of, cause disease and poisoning, harming soil and crops and people. It is estimated that in the UK each year close to 3 million tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment is produced. Manufacturers, consumers and recyclers together must take responsibility for reducing the amount of waste components and eliminating the risk of hazardous substances entering the environment.


Computer waste disposal

Computer recycling, usually involves high levels of mechanical treatment and physical separation.

To keep up with increasing volumes of IT and e-waste recyclers are tasked with developing methods that are both efficient and cause less environmental damage. Recyclers are therefore also tasked with finding markets and channels for used electronics wherever possible.


E waste recycling

Disassembly of individual elements into groups is key: plastics, metals, paper, wood, glass, all must be separated.

Better yet where possible items should be reused. Metal components are subjected to various physical treatments and hydrometallurgical processes in order to create a reusable raw material. Likewise other components, plastics, glass, wood are separated and processed,

The recycling process takes the precipitated raw materials and processes them so that they can be used to produce other things. Gold, platinum, silver or copper can, for example, be removed from mobile phones and used to produce all manner of things. Copper is an especially popular recyclable found in almost every electronic cable in every house, office, school and premises on the planet. Recycling of electronic and electrical equipment is an important part of the global economy. Recovering items and using them to produce new things will help reduce landfills and keep our environment healthy.

Where to drop off old computers ?

A London-based collection service and drop-off centre that specializes in IT recycling and data destruction.