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What You Need to Know About Donating Computers

What You Need to Know About Donating Computers

Posted by Team Recompute on 8th Jul 2020

In the technology world, upgrades to operating systems, software, and hardware are constant. Today's fastest processor is tomorrow's second or third best on the market. In reality, that matters very little as they are still extremely capable processors, even though they may be superseded. 

As your computing needs evolve or your leasing cycle comes to an end, you might start looking for something shinier and faster. This begs the question: what to do with your old machine?

Donating computers is a fantastic way to help others gain access to computing programs. It is also a fantastic option to avoid putting toxins into the environment by simply binning the hardware. Additionally, organisations like Recompute can data wipe and refurbish your corporate fleet before donating them, ensuring that what you donate is clean and of great quality. 

Donating Computers Is Better For The Environment

It's easy to toss an item in the trash bin and forget that it was ever there.

However, in addition to the plastic case the technology lives in, there is quite a bit going on below the surface.

Computers and laptops can contain up to 3 Kilograms of toxins. Materials like lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, and beryllium are in many computing components.

Simply tossing a computer means that these toxins can end up in a landfill, posing environmental threats to the area. Electronic waste, or E-waste, can be problematic for an area if too much accumulates.

Many times we upgrade our technology because we find a new need or new desire for something new. If a computer is still functional, consider taking the extra step. Donating computers can put your computer back to work for someone else. 

Where To Donate Computers

Now that you've decided that donating computers is a better option than tossing it, you'll need to know how to do that.

You can reach out to individual charities or organizations in your area to see if they could make use of your device. Be ready to give them details about the make, model, and age of your device. This will determine if they can find value and use it with your computer.

Another option is finding international organizations that work to get technology into underserved communities. Organizations like the World Computer Exchange are another way to ensure your computer and its components do not go to waste.

E-Waste recycling drop off points are available in many regions of Australia. These drop off points will take many different types of e-waste, including computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanner, and hard drives. There are even collection points for mobile phones.

Reduce Your Own E-Waste By Buying Refurbished

Donating your computer is a great way to reduce e-waste. But what to do when you're going to turn around and buy a brand new piece of equipment?

Consider a refurbished computer to continue making use of good computers, with upgraded and restored parts.

Refurbished laptops and computers are not antiques. They are many times computers that have come to the end of their lease term for corporate and government offices. They are expertly brought back to peak condition before they are ready to be sold.

Ready to Donate and Upgrade?

Continuing the cycle from donating computers to upgrading to a refurbished one is not just an eco-friendly option, but a cost-effective one as well. If you are ready to find the best refurbished computer or laptop for you, contact us.