Computer & Laptop Recycling & Destruction Services

Technology is improving so rapidly that most computers and laptops need replacing every few years. While investing in new equipment has its advantages, having so many unwanted computers lying around is not only harming the planet, but also the privacy of both individuals and businesses.

Rather than using an outdated computer or laptop, there’s a better way to avoid contributing to the production of e-waste. In addition to protecting you against data breaches, Shred-X’s computer recycling & laptop recycling and destruction services can also help minimise your impact on the environment.

Why Destroy & Recycle Computers & Laptops?

If your computer or laptop has reached the end of its life, don’t just throw it away – ensuring the destruction of data and recycling the end product is a much safer option when it comes to these types of devices. Preventing your computer from ending up in landfill is the best way to ensure any data stored on its hard drive can’t be used against you.

There are also environmental benefits to consider – by choosing to recycle your old computers after data has been destroyed, you can help limit the demand on materials needed to produce new electronic items. Even if they can’t be used to make other electronics, many of the components found in computers and laptops can be recycled into new products.

Where to Dispose of Old Computers and Laptops

No matter how cluttered your home or office is, never discard your old computers and laptops in general waste streams. With no way of knowing where they might end up, your private information could be dangerously exposed.

By partnering with Shred-X, you won’t have to worry about where to dispose of your old laptops and computers. Instead of lugging bulky electronic equipment around town, we can collect any items you no longer need in one of our locked and alarmed secure vehicles.

e-Waste Recycling

We know computers and laptops aren’t the only items that regularly need replacing. To meet all your e-waste disposal needs, Shred-X can take care of the following:

  • USB devices
  • Computer monitors
  • Computer accessories (such as keyboards)
  • Hard drives
  • Photocopiers
  • Servers
  • Network equipment (such as modems and routers)
  • Fax machines
  • Speakers

No matter what kind of electronic device you need to dispose of, we can handle it. 

To learn more about Shred-X’s computer recycling & laptop recycling and destruction services, contact us today.

Computer and Laptop Recycling FAQs

What is computer recycling?
Computer recycling is the process of disassembling computers which have reached the end of their useful life, and recycling the components and materials into commodities and product parts. For example, copper, aluminium, lead and gold commonly found in computer components can typically be used in the construction of new electronics. These metals are becoming increasingly rare, which makes recycling a smart and sustainable choice for disposing of old electronics or e-Waste.
How do I dispose of laptops safely?
Simply throwing old computers away in kerbside general or recycling waste is not a solution which safeguards the confidential information contained on the device, nor is it environmentally sustainable. There are two important factors to be considered in the disposal of old IT devices:

  • legalities around the protection of confidential information, and
  • preservation of the environment.

Secure disposal of e-Waste is a legal requirement: The Australian Privacy Act (1988) and GDPR laws mandate the protection of personal information, which means that the onus is on a business to ensure that any data contained in e-Waste items, is securely destroyed.

Appropriate, safe disposal of e-Waste is environmentally ethical: The physical disposal of any e-Waste should take place in an environmentally sustainable manner. Electronic items which are simply discarded in general waste, end up in landfill where they can leak harmful toxins and chemicals into the soil and water, with devastating effects on local communities and wildlife.

By partnering with Shred-X, you can rest assured that both legal and environmental requirements are met when disposing of old IT equipment. Shred-X provide a complete range of e-waste and IT asset destruction and recycling solutions customised to your specific requirements to ensure that you not only protect your business & information but also adhere to your environmental sustainability responsibilities.

What do I do with an old laptop or computer?
If you have recently upgraded technology, you may be tempted to dispose of your devices in general waste or recycling. However these options put your (and your customer’s) information at risk, and are not environmentally friendly solutions either.

Australian and international laws govern businesses to ensure the protection of confidential information, therefore data-holding devices such as computers and laptops should be disposed of safely – with all confidential data, professionally and securely removed.

Furthermore, as of 1 July 2019 the Victorian Government banned all e-Waste from going into landfill, with other States potentially following suit, due to the detrimental effects e-Waste has on the local environment.

Contact your closest Shred-X facility for a secure destruction solution which will ensure both the integrity of your confidential information and also provide environmentally ethical recycling and repurposing solutions.

Before securely disposing of your old laptops or computers, it is recommended that all files and data be appropriately backed up . Shred-X can help you achieve this, ask us about our digitising and back up services.

How are computers and laptops recycled?
Once Shred-X have securely removed all confidential information contained on the device, we work with our electronic recycling partners who recover components such plastic, glass and precious metals which can be recycled or repurposed into new commodities and product parts. Non-data holding items such as a keyboard, mouse or cables can be re-used giving them second or third lives.

It is important to note that not all computer recyclers offer a service which securely destroys the information contained on the device before the asset is recycled. Be sure to check with your recycling service provider whether secure removal of confidential data is a service they guarantee.

For more information about our e-Waste destruction and recycling services,
don’t hesitate to call us on 1300 747 339 or contact us online.

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