Computers and most other electronic items are part of a Product Stewardship program which means they can be taken to a number of facilities for recycling for free. You’ve already paid for this service with an environmental handling fee (EHF) at purchase. See the list of facilities below. Don’t forget to wipe the hard drive clean of files first. Asset Investment Recovery offers secure hard drive and other electronic media destruction.
Stay with a reputable organization such as Encorp Return-It, and stay away from any recycler you haven’t researched. This will help to ensure computers do not become ‘e-waste,’ in developing countries, where they are burned or dumped, often under appalling environmental and health conditions.
What happens to my old machine?
Ideally, reused computers support non-profits, educational institutions and those without funding for electronics. Recycled computers are either incinerated or broken down into component parts, with plastics, metals and glass separated out and reused. In Canada, hazardous materials are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner, protecting human health and groundwater and soils from contamination.
Not all of the facilities listed below are part of the Product Stewardship program. If they are not they may charge a recycling fee.