Consumer Information about Computer Recycling
While the information below contains consumer information about recycling computers, it is not a comprehensive list of resources.
General Program Information
The Texas Recycles Computers Program requires manufacturers that offer for sale new computers in or into Texas to offer consumers a free and convenient recycling program and be on the TCEQ list of computer manufacturers. Please be aware that:
- Certain manufacturers own more than one brand of computer.
- If you own a computer with no brand name or made under a brand name that is not listed, you can check the manufacturers' Web sites to see which manufacturers will accept other brands.
- Manufacturers are only required to collect and recycle their own brands of computers, not brands owned by other manufacturers. Manufacturers may choose to offer recycling for brands other than their own.
- Manufacturers are only required to collect and recycle personal and home business computers.
- Commercial, government, and nonprofit customers should check with their manufacturers, local retailers, and local charities to see what options are available to them for upgrading, donating, refurbishing, or recycling used computers.
Consumer Requirements for the Texas Recycles Computers Program
The Texas Recycles Computers Program rules make consumers responsible for any information in any form left on the consumer's computer that is collected, recycled, or reused. Before donating or submitting your computer to be reused or recycled, be sure to erase all data.
Consumer Educational Resources
- Plug In to eCycling Partners
(U.S. EPA) manufacturers and retailers collecting, reusing, or recycling old computers and electronics.
- greenergadgets.org A national recycler locator, searchable by material and location.
Data Security and Privacy
Consumers are responsible for any information left on a computer that is collected, recycled, or reused. While many recyclers have protocols in place to help protect the original owner's information during the recycling process, individuals may also elect to erase the hard drive on their computer or tablet themselves as an added measure of protection.
The manufacturer may have provided information on this procedure within their user manuals. The following links are provided by Apple for Macintosh operating systems and Microsoft for Windows operating system.
- How to more safely dispose of computers and other devices (Microsoft)
- Erasing the hard drive (Apple)
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