Recycle Your Old Electronics equipment-... or maybe you can get good second-user bargains:
When your computer needs replacing what do you do with it? Maybe its only 2 or 3 years old and its a liability. If you can sell it, well done but will you be expected to provide support?
What about confidential info stored on the hard disc (even though you are convinced its deleted)? If the information includes data on individuals, where do you stand with regard to the Data Protection Act? For an idea of what the law says on that score, click here to know more about data protection act
Hanging on to it is not the answer either. Casual storage of old computers, monitors and related equipment can create potential hazards. Apart from that they take up valuable space, what a hassle when you come to move. If you want to donate items do it straight away before they become too old to be of any use.
The EU has decided that electrical and electronic waste poses such a potential danger that they have issued directives aimed at reducing the amount of toxic materials used in manufacture and controlling the way in which the waste is eventually disposed of. To read about these directives click on these links: for Restriction of Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) , and for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) .
A good solution is to offer your obsolete computer and peripherals to recycling, and in the process we will dispose of safely, within the law. If the devices are not too old there is every chance that they can be refurbished to help needy folks, the disabled, schools, voluntary organisations and the third-world countries.