What Happens to Your Old Computer?

It seems like the more advanced a computer gets the, thinner and lighter it becomes. Purchasing a streamlined and more conveniently sized computer likely means you will get rid of your older, bulkier model in the process. For many, this influx of fast and optimized devices comes as an exciting and refreshing opportunity to improve productivity. The rapid obsolescence of electronics including computers and other devices, however, means that more and more electronics are getting discarded improperly every year.

Unreliable Recycling

While many communities have recyclers that take electronic waste, not all of them are certified. There are several types of certification that are designed to ensure e-waste is handled correctly and safely. Some common practices for recyclers that are not certified may include:

  • Reselling products to the grey market or third party merchant
  • Neglecting proper recycling safety protocol
  • Sending items to foreign recycling facilities with minimal regulation

Landfill Pollution

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Landfills are typically built to minimize the risk of soil and water contamination, but it can be unavoidable in this era of fast technological growth. Some personal computers with multiple circuit boards can contain as much as eight pounds of lead as well as toxic amounts of mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and other hazardous substances. These components are dangerous and can be deadly in large concentrations, affecting both the ecosystem and water supply around a landfill. Because electronics are commonly thrown into the trash, these items end up in landfills and so do the toxic materials within.

Finding a Reputable Electronics Recycler

A responsible recycler should be willing to show you their certifications to give you the peace of mind that your outdated products are being appropriately discarded. Cal Micro Recycling is proud to follow specific guidelines set by reputable organizations and services customers in Southern, Central, and Northern California as well as Nevada. We adhere to R2, OHSAS 18001, CalRecycle, and other standards to deliver optimal electronics recycling and destruction services.


To learn more about electronic recycling, please contact Cal Micro Recycling by calling 909.572.1661.