The chances of this article being read on a computer, rather than a sheet of printed paper, are considerably high. However, the chances are also very high of the technology being used to view the document not being the owner’s first computer. So, what happened to the previous computers or hardware? Many are handed down to other family members, others are donated to charitable organizations, my first PC computer has been put away and almost forgotten about, which is another common fate. You should realize, however, that the vast majority of technology used in the home or in businesscontain data on them which the owners consider confidentialand therefore, before other tasks, like recycling, this confidential data has to be securely destroyed or saved elsewhere.
So, what is the ideal thing to do with an old laptop computer that is too sluggish to give away to a new home or sell? Well, there are plenty of parts inside a computer that can be reused, either as a complete hardware unit or as material to being recycled for another purpose. Computer recycling may sound like an extreme thing to do, with so many children in the world who would be grateful of any slow and old PC, but it is necessary to protect both the confidential data and also to help the environment. Not only do we reuse the materials, such as copper and plastic while not having to produce or mine for more, but we also prevent these potentially harmful materials being put into the waste system in such places as landfills and incinerators.
Handing a computer down to another family member or a friend or neighbours child is a heart-warming thing to do. We often fill up our hard drives with files and need our computers to operate at a good speed, but these children are happy to play simple games or practise their keyboard skills on a word processing document. Its a little bit like a first car; you love it, however old and slow it is compared to the others around. Giving the computer to charity is just as beneficial to society, but we dont get to see the face of the recipient or get a thank you smile. Nevertheless, the chances are that whoever ends up using it will probably be in more need of help than someone close to us, so it is still a wonderful thing to do.
So, as you read this, on your PC computer’s monitor, think about how many previous computers or pieces of hardware you have had in your life and where those previous computers ended up. And, next time you finish with any hardware or a complete computer, make sure you dispose of it in the best way possible, after dealing with the data on it first, of course.