Old Monitor Grave Yard

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

New laws are coming into existence that will make it illegal to put electronics (cell phones and computers) into landfills.  These electronics have various toxic waste materials that can leech into the ground and can potentially contaminate drinking water.  This poses a serious threat to the environment and our own personal health.  Therefore, because of this danger, it is necessary to recycle these types of electronics. 

There are many places you can find that will recycle your old computer, and use the parts from it to make new products and computers.  This helps the environment and manufacturing processes.

Alberta was the forerunner in Canada for electronics recycling which started in 2004.  There are over 300 collection sites where you can take your electronics and computers for recycling.  In the last eight years, Alberta has collected over 900,000 monitors.  These monitors have been kept out of landfills, and have helped the environment as the chemicals and toxins found in these monitors have been kept out of landfills.  If you are interested in finding out where you may need to go to recycle your computer in Alberta, then check out this website http://www.albertarecycling.ca/SiteSearchResults.aspx.

So, if you are thinking of disposing of your old computer, you will want to make sure that you have removed any files and personal information from your computer.  You can simply do this by transferring files, or by saving them to CD’s, DVD’s or memory (USB) sticks.  Once you have deleted all of your files from your computer, then it is ready to be recycled.

These recycled computers can be used by manufacturers to create new products and new computers.

Generally, these recycling depots charge a small fee to drop off electronics.  Currently in Alberta, this fee is six dollars.