Perhaps the best way to get rid of your old computer is to give it to a specialized electronics recycling center. In the Denver area, there are a handful of places to consider for tossing out your electronics. You might even get a few bucks for them, too.
Most recycling centers have weekend hours and are located in industrial areas of the metro area. Some may charge a small fee for services, such as for pickup or data destruction.
In all cases, Goodwill will freely accept electronics as part of its Good Electronics Recycling Program.
Electronic Waste May Be Hazardous
Recycling computer equipment and electronics can benefit the environment. A lot of electronic waste contains hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, and other heavy metals. The lithium batteries used in many cell phones can be hazardous and should be recycled. By recycling old computers rather than throwing them away, you can also protect against identity theft as recycling centers can destroy the data on the hard drives.
Staples offers free recycling of almost all electronics, including computers, printers, monitors (including CRTs), tablets, and the list goes on. Staples will responsibly and securely recycle them at no cost to you—any brand, any condition, even if you purchased it somewhere else.
Action Computers has locations in Denver and Arvada and recycles computers and equipment. The business will refurbish and resell your used PC if possible.
Also, Action Computers can offer pickup and data destruction services. Action Computers can locally recycle all other electronics in accordance with EPA and state regulations. Action Computer's data destruction service uses the industry-standard DoD 5220.22-M Department of Defense Data Sanitizing method.
Action Recycling in Wheatridge, Colorado, does not charge a fee for recycling computers or other electronics. Action Recycling will pay you for circuit boards from your electronic devices. They also recycle metals, glass, paper, and batteries.
Other accepted electronics include computers, monitors, copiers, household items, and mobile electronic devices.
IT Liquidators in Littleton, Colorado, gears services toward corporations and small businesses disposing of excess technology equipment. Instead of paying to have your equipment hauled away, be paid for your technology. IT Liquidators will pick up your unwanted items, and pay fair market value for your equipment. While they provide a free IT asset valuation, the company does not accept residential items.
Metech Recycling, an e-Steward certified electronics recycler, is located in Denver and offers free recycling of Asus branded merchandise due to a special takeback arrangement with the manufacturer. All other brands of computer and electronics equipment may be charged a fee. Metech serves businesses, government, and residential customers.
R2 Stewardship charges for all recycling from 10 to 20 cents per pound, depending on whether it is tagged with an R2 logo sticker or not. R2 Stewardship no longer accepts CRT monitors or televisions. The company can schedule a pickup of your equipment at your convenience.
Techno Rescue in Aurora, Colorado, is a veteran-owned company that offers free recycling for most items. The company is certified by R2 (Responsible Recycling), OHSAS 1800, and ISO 14001 certifications for electronics recycling and data destruction. They also accept CRT monitors and televisions for a small fee.