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As we upgrade our computers, deciding how to best dispose of the old equipment is a growing problem. Here are tips to keep computers out of the landfills, help a good cause, and safeguard any personal information you’ve previously stored on your hard drive.

  • Determine if your old computer can be reused.
  • If your computer is less than 5 years old, you can probably donate it to an organization that can put it to good use. Check out: www.computerswithcauses.org

  • Consider donating equipment to a refurbisher.
  • Refurbishes are equipped to repair and upgrade computers to ensure that equipment works well, runs legal software copies, and that any e-waste is disposed of properly. They will pass on ready-to-use equipment to those who need it, often at little or no cost to the recipient. Both the Responsible Recycling Practices (R2) and the e-standards programs require recyclers to demonstrate that they meet specific standards for safe and responsible electronics recycling. You can learn more at: www.epa.gov/recycle

  • Protect your data.
  • The best way to protect against any unauthorized use of personal information is to use a diskcleaning tool that obliterates all data on the hard drive. “Personal Information” includes your internet browser’s cache, cookies, history, your email contacts and messages, your documents, your recycle or trash folders, and all nontransferable software. Here are two websites where you can find the best options for you and your computer:
    For Windows: http://en.softonic.com/s/wipe-drive:windows
    For Mac: http://en.softonic.com/s/wipe-drive:mac

If you don’t feel comfortable with erasing information on your own you can contact: Office Depot/Max 1-877-384-9202, or Geek Squad at Best Buy 800-433-5778

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