How to Safely Get Rid of an Old Computer

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If you really want to Get Rid of an Old Computer Safely, Following these steps will allow you to lose that old computer without losing karma points.

Steps

  1. Check your local phone book - there are recycling facilities in some cities. Website such as Computer Recycling Center. These organizations donate computers or computer parts to educational institutions. There are similar websites all over the internet.
  2. Attempt to sell your computer on eBay or another selling website. You might be surprised to discover that someone out there will actually pay for your old bucket of bits.
  3. Ask around to see if any of your friends are looking for an older computer. Some tech-savvy people use extra computers for print servers or email stations.
  4. Give it to your parents or grandparents and teach them how to use email and surf the web. Old, slow computers work well at these basic tasks.
  5. Donate it to a local school or charity.
  6. Consider donating it to the nonprofit Computer Recycling Center. They accept all computers, network equipment, and telephones (whether they are working or not). In addition, they will provide you with a receipt of your donation for a tax deduction.
  7. Turn your old computer over to the manufacturer when you buy a new one. Companies such as Dell and HP will now recycle your old computer for free when you buy a new one from them.
  8. Pay a for profit recycling firm such as RecycleAPC.com around $30 to have your PC taken off your hands and recycled responsibly.
  9. Do any of the above steps, but just don't throw that computer into the trash. Computers are not biodegradable, and mother nature won't appreciate your contribution of an unwanted PC.

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