Small Business Tech Tip: Recycle That Old Computer!

While as a small business owner you may have more pressing things on
your minds than what to do with a computer, printer or server once it
is outdated, an end-of-life technology strategy is worthwhile to help
you better manage your technology investments and keep old equipment
from cluttering your break room, home office, kitchen table or even
your garage. According to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act,
unless obsolete equipment is disposed of properly, companies may run
the risk of environmental liabilities and fines up to $25,000 per day
per machine!

In Todd Dwyer’s Direct2Dell post,
he blogged that Dell recovered more than 102 million pounds of computer
equipment worldwide in 2007 – our most ever in a single year and a 20%
increase on the previous 12 months.

So before you effortlessly throw out an old or broken computer,
consider recycling it.  Many companies offer recycling or asset
recovery services and Dell's Asset Recovery Services,
for example, will even allow you to recycle non-Dell branded
equipment.  To recycle with Dell you can click the “recycle” option
during the purchase process of new equipment or visit the recycling
page here
Then depending on your agreement with Dell, you get the option to
recycle, re-use or sell retired hardware that still has value. 

To learn more about recycling with Dell, check out this video or read suggestions from our Dell Community Forum members on the different ways that they recycle their old PCs.

About the Author: Kelly Curnow