Outdated, obsolete computer? Recycle if for free, thanks to West Michigan partnership
David Moore January 7, 2013 | WGVU
Where does 80 per cent of
cast off e-gear end up?Two points if
you guessed landfills or in the county incinerator.
“Not good,” saysShelley Huard of Comprenew in Grand Rapids.Comprenew partners with Kent County
government to recycle old electronics, removing hazards materials and
“de-manufacturing” the units.
you will want to do is make sure the hard drive is either thoroughly wiped, or
better yet, physically remove and destroy it.Huard notes that if you drop old computers off directly at one of their
sites, they guarantee the hard drive is completely erased.
She advises - “be careful with your hard
drive and the information you may have on it.”She notes that if you drop your computer off at a Kent County recycling
facility, to be sure to “pull the hard drive out and destroy it, just because
you want to make sure that your data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.”
Old computers, by the
way, can contain up to seven pounds of lead, along with several other kinds of
hazardous materials that pollute the air and water if they’re incinerated or
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