Dividing Up Recyclable Materials From Computers

Posted on: 15 March 2016


If you're getting rid of an old computer, don't let your entire investment go to waste. Although you won't get the full or even resale value back, there are still some valuable materials inside the computer that can be recycled for the sake of the environment and your wallet. Take a look at a few computer recycling components and prepare to do something better with your electronic waste.

Aluminum Sources In Computers

As far as scrap metal goes, aluminum is the first recyclable material you'll encounter. Even though many computers have acrylic cases for cosmetic purposes, the outer case panels and the inner case framework are made out of aluminum. In a few exceptions such as sturdy, industrial computers, the case may be made of steel.

Removing the aluminum from a computer is simple. It's more like removing the rest of the computer from the aluminum, which mostly means detaching the motherboard and power supply. It's easy to stack emptied aluminum computer cases, but you can break down the panels for bending or flat stacking storage if necessary.

The framework may be a bit harder to break down due to a few folded corners. Some of these corners may be secured with screws and can be removed with the proper tools, but a pair of bolt cutters should do the job if absolutely necessary. Unless space is at an absolute minimum, such deep and involved cutting isn't suggested.

Copper Inside Computers

Copper is another common metal inside computers. Wires are made of copper strands, and there are coils inside components such as the power supply with dense copper designs. 

Although most heat sinks inside computers are made of aluminum, higher-end computers that require better cooling will often have copper heat sinks. be careful when removing heat sinks, as the machine-cut fins are sharp enough to cut skin with a simple slide of the finger or brush of an arm.

It's best to call a garbage collection service ahead of time for recycling containers to keep your components and scrap materials organized. It'll be easier to guess your payoff if you know the amount of metal you have on hand and the general recycling payment rates. Although you'll get the current rate once you turn in the materials, knowing the weight of your materials is important to make sure that the transaction is fast and legitimate.

Contact a garbage collection professionals {like Fly By Nite Disposal} to get help with identifying, separating and recycling your old computer's materials.