If you took advantage of the back to school sales for computers, you might be wondering how to get rid of the old machines without killing the environment. The first step is to erase your personal information – even if a store promises to erase it for you. To do this, the pros say to run magnets across the hard drive, use free software from KillDisk.com or Heidi.ie or others to wipe the drive clean, or literally destroy it with a hammer or drill. No matter which of the above you choose, you need to do more than just delete a document and empty the computer’s Recycling Bin.
The next step is to find a place that offers computer recycling. Altex will take computers and related equipment in any working condition. Office Depot and Best Buy also have programs, but check the fine print for fees. Goodwill in San Antonio, Austin, and nationwide has the simplest program. All Goodwill Donation Stations accept anything electronic! An added bonus is that your donation is tax deductible and will fund job programs in your area.
Gather up your dying or dead electronic gadgets and computers, wipe the drives, and recycle them this weekend!