Remembering The Basics

Convenient Recycling Planning For Complex Computer Moves

The Information Technology industry continues to revolutionize the "refresh" service for businesses. A computer refresh refers to upgrading the technology in a business, ranging from the full inventory of workstations in multiple departments to the backbone of business networks. Instead of pushing systems out of the business with standard, unprofitable planning, take a look at how you could add your own recycling process to keep the environment clean and maybe put a few dollars back in the company coffers.

What Is The General Refresh Process?

Imagine an entire room of 20 to 40 workstations. Each workstation is at a desk or cubicle and can be considered the working hours property of the employees. They may not own the workstation outright, but they likely have their own personal setup with both the physical work area and the digital systems.

Personal setup means having a certain number of monitors, a certain type of keyboard (ergonomic, mechanical, additional function buttons), specific devices that can be connected and then personal preferences and unique business files on the computer. Even though servers exist, having a workstation copy in case company or third-party servers go down is a great idea.

When a refresh happens, technicians are instructed to remove each computer with the same general process. Remove the cables from the computer, but leave the cables in the room. Leave the mouse and keyboard on the desk or put the mouse and keyboard in a name or desk number-identified bag. Deliver the computer to a specific room or to the dumpster.

In some cases, the computers are delivered to another team (often with more technical experience) who can quickly and efficiently remove parts that can be reused later. Memory and power supplies can be put in storage for repair and replacement purposes, while hard drives may be added to the new computers or copied over to the new computers to preserve the employee's settings.

When computers are about to be thrown away, implement your own recycling policy.

Component Splitting And Recyclable Placement

There are two injection points to consider: parts removal and computer disposal. Your technical team in charge of removing different components should have instructions on where to place recyclable components while your team dedicated to moving entire computers should have an efficient recycling destination.

The parts team should have multiple recycling bins for placing different components in order to separate each recyclable material. In some cases, you may be able to fetch a higher price depending on daily-changing recycling rates for specific materials, or you may be able to find buyers for certain materials.

Aluminum is always in demand and in no short supply inside computer. The case is often made of aluminum or steel beneath a plastic, decorative shelf, and can be removed fairly easily. Heat sinks are inside the computer and are also made out of aluminum or copper depending on the performance level or specific build instructions. Old hard drives with platters contain rare earth magnets that can be sold to recycling centers or to magnet hobbyists.

To make things easier for technicians carrying computers, be sure to lease a sanitized set of wide, low-opening dumpsters. Technicians should be able to place the computers in the dumpsters without reaching too far, which can reduce fatigue and injury. Contact a dumpster rental professional for recycling containers and dumpsters for your computer refresh.