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The Lifecycle of a Computer

The National Safety Council estimates that nearly 63 million computers became obsolete in 2005. The average life span of a computer has fallen from 4.5 years in 1992 to an estimated two years in 2005. An estimated 10.2 million used computers are exported from the U.S. each year. Most end up in countries that have less stringent environmental laws than in the U.S.

Computers, laptops, printers and servers have to go somewhere when they have outlived their usefulness. We have successfully figured out how to break them and recycle their parts.

Desktop computers

Pro computers and Consulting recycles approximately 1000 computers per month.

Power Supply

Once extracted from the computer, the power supply is shredded and steel, wire, copper and aluminium are separated.

Motherboards

All motherboards are ground up and melted in order to recover the precious metals.

Hard drive

All recovered hard drives are shredded to ensure data security. Steel, aluminium and circuit boards are sold as raw materials.

Cards, wires and cables

The wires and cables are sent to a smelter to recover the copper, which is recycled into new items.

Batteries

The batteries are sent to a battery recycler for proper disposal.

CRT monitors

Pro Computers and Consulting recycles approximately 1500 Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) per month.

The CRT

The CRT is sent to s lead smelter where the glass is ground and melted in order to recover the hazardous lead content found in each CRT.

Plastic cases

The cases that protect the PC components and CRT are stripped off, crushed and baled. They are then sent in bricks to a processor that cleans and dries it. The block is then chipped into small granules that are added to virgin plastics to make plastic items of many kinds.

Printed circuit boards

Printed circuit boards are ground and sent to a smelter to recover the copper to be used in new printed circuit boards.

 

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