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Finding a computer recycling service in SF Bay Area

In the age of rapid advancement of technology it is no wonder that the rate of obsolescence of our computers, gadgets, and electronics in general increases. So what do we do when it's time to let go of the old, and embrace the new? Some of us may sell the old computer at a relatively low price, others may just throw it away. The latter would be a very bad idea, and is actually the worst thing you can do. It doesn't even make much sense.

Throwing a computer or other electronic device away, only to end up in landfills, causes a bunch of negatives to occur. For one thing the computer itself, its components, or the materials within it literally go to waste. This includes valuable materials such as lead, copper, gold, tin, silicon, iron, aluminum, and various plastics. Secondly, they are likely to get incinerated releasing unhealthy and toxic substances into the environment. Such substances may include lead, dioxins, PCBs, cadmium, chromium, radioactive isotopes and mercury.

Instead of throwing it away, the best thing that can be done to e-waste such as old computers is to recycle them. Recycling means either donating to a charity for continued use (an alternative to selling) or they can be disassembled into components and materials to be used in production of future products.

In fact, in California, it is illegal to just throw electronics in the trash. The state also legally defines Cathod Ray Tube (CRT) monitors, if you still have one of those relics lying around, as hazardous.

Computer recycling in San Francisco is governed by California's Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003, and California electronics recycling web site, offered by the state's government, provides a directory of organizations that are a part of the Covered Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Program defined by this act. Its search feature allows you to easily find organizations that can help you recycle your old computers and other electronics.

So if you've got obsolete gadgets, old computers, and other electronics whose time has passed lying around your best bet is to recycle. Not only are you abiding by regulations, but you're also making sure that your old electronics don't end up a hazard to the environment and the economy, but rather as a benefit.

Furthermore, if you own a business your reputation is important, and disposing of your old tech by means of recycling will portray your company in a more positive light.