In general, all components of a laptop are recyclable. Laptops are made up of glass, metal, batteries, and electronic parts, all of which can be recycled at specialized facilities. Some electronic components of a laptop, such as motherboards and hard drives, may be sold and reused in refurbished products. Your laptop most likely contains sensitive personal information, such as your bank account information and personal information. Wipe your laptop clean of personal information before sending it to a recycler to avoid identity theft or scams.
Backup your data :
Back up your laptop's hard drive to an external hard drive or a cloud storage service like DropBox or Google Drive. Backups should be redundant, so consider backing up to both a physical hard drive and an online service.
Delete all stored personal information :
Even though your internet browsers and other programs may have saved sensitive information about you, you should clear your browser histories and uninstall any programs that have saved personal data.
Wipe the hard drive clean:
One of the most important steps before recycling your laptop is to completely remove all sensitive files from the hard drive, such as photographs, banking, and tax information. The best way to accomplish this is to wipe the hard drive with software designed to completely remove all traces of data from the disc. If you need more assurance that the data has been completely wiped from the drive, you may want to look into other methods for how to destroy a hard drive.
Which Laptop Components CAN BE RECYCLED?
Some laptop components, such as circuit boards (motherboards), processors, graphics cards, and hard drives, are more valuable if refurbished and resold rather than scrapped for raw material. This is known as resale or remarketing. As individuals and organizations alike seek to reduce waste and pay less for hardware, there is a growing interest in and market for refurbished equipment. Reuse, refurbishment, and recycling are all legal and safe ways to get rid of old laptops.