From the web….


All batteries are considered hazardous waste in California when they are discarded. This includes all batteries of sizes AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, 9 Volt, and all other batteries, both rechargeable and single use. All batteries should be recycled, or taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility, a universal waste handler (e.g., storage facility or broker), or an authorized recycling facility. After February 8, 2006, all batteries in California must be recycled, or taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility, a universal waste handler (e.g., storage facility or broker), or an authorized recycling facility.


What do you do with your old computer?  Do you recycle them? Do you make sure that the data on them is deleted in an approriate manner?  It’s quite interesting though, how hard they are making this, they only accept throw aways twice a year, and only three monitors at a time.  So far we’ve done the “office handmedown” route …but those machines that the office staff are replacing with our handed down office ones, we’ll have to figure out what do to with them, as I doubt any agency would want some of our throwaways.


We still in fact have a few computers in our museum section … one still with Lotus 123 burned into the green screen (ah what memories).


So what about the data?  Check out this article about hard disk data issues and how to properly dispose of data. 


Do you dispose of both the computer and the data in an appropriate manner? 

 

3 Responses to What do you do with old batteries and computers?

  1. Brandon says:

    We usually take them to a local electronics recycling facility.

  2. pdxsrw says:

    I have always wondered if there is any money to be made in being the ‘recycler’ ?

    Anyone have any ideas on that… there is sooo much stuff to be collected and re-distributed when useful, or properly de-manufactured if it is ancient..like PIII’s 🙂 So I was thinking of a friend of mine that looking for work, who is just the kind of guy that would come to an office and haul off their old PC’s and equipment for them… wonder if there is any money to be made here beyond the convenience fee charged to an office for hauling the relics away? …. probably not the forum to ask this question..but hey..it’s 11:39 PST and I’ve been drinking too much Oolong tea.

  3. amy says:

    We offer recycling services to our clients. After the pc’s have been handed down through the company it isn’t possible to donate them. We take them to a local metal recycling place, except for batteries have to go to a battery reccling house. It costs money.

    Prior to recycling the PC’s we remove the hard drive open it up and use tin snips on the hard drive platter. Then we issue a certificate and give it along with the destroyed platter to the client.