Giving Your Computers a Second Chance

Direct Metals Recycling recently made our announcement that we are accepting e-waste at all of our locations in Georgia. Unlike other materials, e-waste is made up of many different parts. Up to 99% of an electronic item can be recycled, but it takes time and man power to disassemble each of the pieces and separate them into their appropriate categories.

Old ComputerPieces of Your Computer That Can Be Recycled

An average PC contains 23% plastic, 32% ferrous metals, 18% non-ferrous metals, 12% electronic boards, and 15% glass. These are the desired materials that are used for recycling – broken down into their various pieces and melted down to be re-made into new electronics, or other products. Recyclable materials can be found in whole desktop computer towers, with the power supply and motherboard, complete laptops, individual motherboards both clean green and non-green, low grade boards, hard drives with board, memory, individual power supply with cords, AC adapters with the wire attached, and in many types of laptop batteries.

What Happens When You Don’t Recycle Your Computer

There is always a new gadget that’s on the market – whether it is bigger, smaller, faster, or sharper, replacing your currently technology with better technology is the push for tech giants everywhere. So, what happens with that old computer when you throw it in the trash with your other waste? It ends up in a landfill releasing toxic substances, effectively creating hazardous waste. Often, e-waste is improperly disposed of overseas, which has lead to increasing concern over the hazardous chemicals and heavy metal collections in Africa, Asia, and South America.

Be responsible, and make some money. Bring your old computer in for recycling at any of our Direct Metals Recycling locations in Georgia – Atlanta, Macon, Augusta, or Norcross.

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