What to Do With Your Old Computer Equipment

Want to recycle your computer but don't know where or how? Here are some suggestions for recycling your computer equipment in British Columbia.

1. Check with the manufacturer of your computer or electronic device to see what recycling programs the company offers.

Most major electronics manufacturers offer some type of recycling options. In some cases, you'll only be able to participate if you paid an environmental fee when you bought your computer but others offer computer recycling and recycling of other electronics for a fee. Some is even free, such as Dell Canada's free home system recycling program.

2. Find out what provincial and/or municipal electronics recycling programs are available in your area. Your province or municipality may hold regular or semi-regular "roundups" for gathering computer equipment and electronics for recycling - as do private companies now and again. Watch for these events in local newspapers, and on radio and Websites.

4. Donate your used computer or electronic equipment to a charity or no-profit organization. A quick search on the Web or through the phone book  and you're sure to find a worthy organization that could make good use of your old but working computer equipment. For example, Charity Village has many options for donating computers listed on their website.

If you live in Vancouver, the Electronic Recycling Association, a non-profit organization, collects old computers for donations and recycling. They accept computers, monitors, laptops, printers, and accessories and have drop off depots and pick-up services.


With the average lifespan of computers and electronic equipment ever shrinking, recycling is the wise choice, so look for a computer recycling program near you.

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