When a laptop inevitably comes to the end of its life, you have to consider the right way that you
will dispose of it. Even if the laptop doesn’t work, it is important to recycle it in the correct way as
this saves energy and uses fewer resources.
Why should you recycle?
Computer recycling is the process of disassembling computers that have reached the end of
their useful life, and then recycling the components and materials into product parts that can be
When laptops are manufactured, it often involves the use of hazardous chemicals and toxic
materials and this, of course, has environmental implications.
Technology is always evolving and laptops can quickly become obsolete. As a result, e-waste is
becoming more of a problem than it once was and it’s important that electronic products are not
just thrown into a landfill where they leak toxic materials into the soil, water and air – leading to
Recycling also helps benefit the environment by helping to limit the demand for 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.
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.
Plastic and glass can also be repurposed for other parts.
Erasing of data
Before laptops are recycled, it’s important to ensure that the device has been wiped of any data.
Data stored on a laptop can include confidential business information and it is vital that this type
of data is destroyed – especially due to new GDPR data protection laws.
If you’re running a business, then to comply with the law, you need 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.
It’s really important that all data such as photos, videos, spreadsheets, emails and documents
are deleted from the laptop that is being recycled. Data can be harvested from hard drives that
have not been wiped and disposed of correctly and can lead to a whole host of scenarios, such
as fraud, identity theft and security threats.
How to prepare your laptop
Ensure that you have backed up any files and information that you need to keep before
performing a system restore function that returns the laptop to its factory settings – which will
wipe all stored data.
Finally, use the disk eraser to overwrite all the empty drive space, so that deleted files can’t be
If this seems a little too complicated to do yourself, then we can help with that too. Call us now
to arrange the safe and correct disposal of your laptop, while knowing that you are helping the
environment as well as protecting your data.