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What to do before recycling an old computer


Are you planning to get rid of an old computer or laptop?

Protect yourself from privacy and data theft issues by making sure to wipe the hard drive clean.

First, however, make sure to back up any important data.

Once it is secure, erase the information on your laptop or desktop computer with a special software program. Experts in the field said choosing to only delete the files will not be enough as data recovery software could make it possible to access that information in the future.

You can also erase a hard drive by making it physically unusable, such as drilling holes into it or smashing it with a hammer.

If you do not have the time or resources to take the above steps before recycling, make sure to recycle your data containing devices with a R2 certified recycler. By recycling with a R2 certified recycler you can be assured your data will be completely erased and accounted for through end of life.

The company is able to offer all its customers efficient and secure electronic recycling services.

Elgin Recycling filters all E-scrap from its recycling centers through an R2 certified warehouse ensuring that your electronics are handled safely and securely. R2 certification is the industry's leading certification.

Elgin Recycling cares about the environment and ensures that it will recycle your e-scrap in the most efficient, safe and environmentally-friendly manner.

Electronic products are made from valuable resources and materials, such as metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

By choosing to recycle your electronics rather than throw them in the trash, you are helping to conserve natural resources and avoid air and water pollution.

Elgin Recycling: 660 Schiller Street, Elgin IL; 5114 Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake, IL; 161 Center Dr., Gilberts, IL; 145 S. Weiler Rd., Arlington Heights, IL: 847.741.4100 :