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Computers are e-waste that can be disposed of through the County Household Hazardous Waste Program.

If your computer is in good condition, consider donating it.

Trash Bin

Never Throw in the Trash

Computers contain many metals like mercury, arsenic and lead that are harmful to human health and the environment. Never throw them in the trash because they can leach into the water and soil.

Remove Your Personal Information

Before recycling your computer or tablet, make sure you remove all sensitive and personal information from it first. Deleting files won’t do the trick; you’ll need to completely wipe your hard drive. Learn more from Brown University and Stanford.

Ways to Reduce

Buy Used or Refurbished

Instead of buying a brand new computer, consider buying a used or refurbished model. Most major computer retailers sell refurbished computers, such as Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Best Buy. Many online stores like Amazon, eBay, Newegg and TigerDirect also sell used and refurbished devices.

Did You Know?

The Problem of E-Waste

E-waste is a dangerous business in India and China, where e-waste recycling plants release toxic chemicals into the air and cause health problems for recycling workers. To learn more about e-waste, check out The Story of Stuff Project.

How Computers Are Recycled