What Can You Do With An Old PC?

Posted on: 27 February 2017

Do you have an old personal computer that no longer does anything but sit on your desk, unused? Instead of just allowing it to collect dust, why not do something useful with it? Here's a look at some of your best options.

Take it to a computer store.

Most computer stores offer computer recycling services. For a small fee (or sometimes for free), they will wipe the hard drive so that your personal information does not end up in the wrong hands. Then, they will part the computer out and deliver the parts to recycling facilities that take them. This way, you know everything is disposed of properly rather than just buried in a landfill where it will rust away and pollute the environment.

Take it straight to a recycling facility yourself.

If you're hoping to get some cash for your computer, your best bet may be to take it directly to a computer recycling facility. You won't get a lot, but you will get more than you're earning by letting the computer sit there. The facility will likely sell the precious metals in the computer, which earns them money -- and the fee they pay you is a portion of that. Finding recycling facilities in your area can be tough, but a local computer store should be willing to tell you where they take their PCs.

Donate it to a charity.

You may think the computer is useless because it is slow and outdated, but there are surely some parts inside that can be used to build new computers. There are charities that will accept donation computers and part them out, using the viable components to build new machines for homeless shelters, halfway houses, and other individuals who need a computer for basic tasks. To find a charity in your area that accepts computers, try contacting your local Salvation Army or Red Cross. 

If you do donate your computer, make sure you either wipe the hard drive or pay a computer store to do this for you.

Sell it privately.

You're not going to get thousands for that old PC even when you sell it to an individual. But you may get $40 or $50, which is better than nothing. After clearing the hard drive, list it on a site like Craigslist. You may find a hobby computer builder who wants it for parts or even for its case.

For more information, contact companies like Ranch Town Recycling Center Inc.