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What do I do with all my old junk?

As we continue to purchase technology, the time will come when it is time to dispose of the old stuff. We can only hold on to so much before we run out of room in our homes and businesses.

Most area municipalities do not offer a recycling program for computer parts and accessories.  You can check with your state EPA to see who if anyone will properly dispose of your old equipment. Some states have programs to recycle computer equipment. In some places it is mandatory to do so.

There are places that may pay you for your old stuff. Some of the bigger companies actually “recycle” computers. They extract the precious metals and reuse them in future applications.

You can donate your old computer to a charity like Goodwill, or the Salvation army. May be a tax write-off as well. Custom-pc will take an old computer off your hands. If it is a Pentium 4 or newer.

If you are going to dispose of an old computer, make sure it has been cleaned of all personal data. There are two ways that this can be accomplished. Custom-pc offers a complete data wiping service. We will delete your hard drive using an approved DOD (Department of defense) method. This ensures that your drive is clean and ready for donation / disposal. If you are donating your computer to us, the DOD formatting is free.

For those who don’t trust that method you can permenantly damage the hard drive with a handy sledge hammer. Make sure you bang it up real good. When the internal shiny silver parts are broken up, you are pretty much set.

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