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When your business upgrades their computer systems, many of your employees will be overjoyed with the new computers and the new technology to use. However, as electrical waste is subject to WEEE regulations disposing of it can be problematical. As such it can be very beneficial to dispose of your computer waste through a computer recycling service.

Why Should You Use A Computer Recycling Service?

Computers are very difficult to dispose of. Firstly there is the hazardous waste issue. Computers contain various different materials, some of which are hazardous substances. This means that computers cannot be disposed of in general waste streams.

The other issue regarding the disposal of computers regards the data contained on computers. The data on your business’s computers can contain a variety of sensitive data such as employee and customer information. This data must be disposed of in a manner that complies with the data protection act .

Computer Recycling And Hazardous Waste

Various forms of waste are classified as hazardous. Specialist waste services are required to safely dispose of electrical/electronic equipment. These services are known as WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment).

According to a single computer can contain up to 2kg of lead. This combined with the complex mixture of materials found within a computer can make them very difficult to recycle, which is why many businesses find a specialist computer recycling service to be very beneficial.

However, whilst there are various hazardous materials within a computer there are also various recyclable materials which can be utilised as a resource to manufacture a selection of products. For example plastic, metal, and glass. However, it is important to remember that electrical and electronic equipment cannot be disposed of through mainstream recycling methods.

If you are interested in reading the regulations regarding waste electrical and electronic equipment, you can do so by visiting and browsing The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013 .

How Is Data Removed From A Computer?

Simply deleting the file is not enough as recovery software can recover the data. Data remains on a pc until it has been overwritten and still then some sophisticated software could potentially recover data.

So how do some people remove data from computers?


Some choose to degauss a hard drive. A hard drive stores data using magnetism, the data is stored onto a magnetic material called a platter; this information is stored in binary form. When you degauss a hard drive you remove magnetically recorded data using an electromagnetic field.

The downside to this method is that it is very difficult to verify that the data has been erased as the drive cannot be tested.

Overwrite The Hard Drive

Some people choose to use a tool to rewrite the drive. This method of data removal writes a combination of 1s and 0s to the disk. To increase the security of your wipe, you can add levels. Each level is how many times the entire drive is written over. This is also sometimes referred to as a pass. PC World writes that “three passes is enough for the U.S. Department of Defense's "Short" specification”.

The downside to this method is that some data overwrite tools can leave some data intact and some software cannot erase data on locked or hidden areas of your hard drive.

Destruction Of The Hard Drive
This method sounds quite extreme, but with the disadvantages with the two above methods, some choose to physically destroy their hard drives. Some even use a combination of degaussing or overwriting and destruction.

Destroying the hard drive can be done in many different ways. Some people use a drill and drill holes into the hard drive. However it is important to remember that data can still be recovered from small fragments of storage media.

The drill isn’t the only method of destruction. You could dispose of a hard drive via shredding. However, shredding a drive doesn’t actually remove the magnetically stored data on the drive. Instead shredding makes the drive inoperable.

There are other disadvantages to using destruction as your disposal method. For example it can be dangerous; debris could pose a health risk.

Don’t Forget The Data When You Recycle Your Business’s Computer Systems

If you are searching for a service to recycle your business’s computer systems, remember to consider the data held on those computers. In order to make sure your dispose of any sensitive data correctly, it is very important that you utilise a service that delivers a certificate of destruction to provide evidence of your waste’s ethical destruction. Our confidential disposal services fully comply with the Data Protection Act, if you would like to discuss our confidential disposal service, please contact our team by calling 01952 204471.

Computer Recycling Services From Recycling Services

When a business upgrades their office with new computer systems, they have to dispose of their old systems in a responsible manner. With a computer recycling service from Recycling Services, we can recycle your business’s old computers. Also with our confidential waste disposal services, we can dispose of hard drives (which may contain sensitive data such as logins or customer data).

There are many different commercial waste services available at Recycling Services, some of which include: WEEE disposal, confidential waste disposal and various other waste services to dispose of your waste in a responsible and legally compliant manner.

We can manage every aspect of your waste. We can collect many different types of waste including hazardous materials and recyclables. We will work alongside you to develop a tailored waste strategy to work with the needs of your company.

If you would like to make an enquiry regarding our computer recycling services or if you have any questions or concerns about the many waste services available at Recycling Services please contact our friendly and dedicated team.

You can contact our team by telephone by calling 01952 204471 or you can fill out our request a callback form and our team will respond as soon as possible.

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