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Technology advancement makes you keep up with the latest technology and you probably have old computers lying around that you have no idea what to do with. These electronic devices contain toxic and hazardous chemicals that are released into the environment. The process of recovering material from old devices for use in new products is known as e-waste or electronics recycling. Electronic waste is also known as e-scrap or e-waste which is produced by broken electronic devices.

When we reuse or reprocess discarded desktop computers and laptops is referred to as computer recycling. Computer components such as monitors, screens, keyboards, motherboards, and central processors are also included. It helps to promote human and environmental health by disposing of computers and their parts in an environmentally friendly manner. Computers are typically constructed from cadmium, silicon, lead, mercury, and a variety of other materials.

Here is a step-by-step procedure how are computers recycled?

  1. Collection: It is collected from the owner or a computer waste collection point and delivered to a recycling company. Depending on the policies used during collection, computer collection centers operate differently. Some recyclers may pay the computer owners, while others may charge the owners for disposal or exchange the old computer for a new one at a low cost.
  2. Sorting: Before proceeding to the advanced stages of processing and reuse, all collected computers are manually sorted by item type. Computers equipped with cathode ray tubes (CRT) are processed in one line, while the rest are processed in another.
  3. Test for potential reuse: After sorting, the computer devices are tested to see if they can be reused. If the computer is still functional and the parts only require minor upgrades, it will most likely be upgraded or refurbished before being sold or donated.
  4. Manual disassembly: After the entire computer sets are inspected for potential reuse, the computer components are disassembled if they do not meet the need for refurbishing or if the upgrade costs outweigh the reuse benefits. To preserve the utility of the components, the process is carried out manually by highly skilled personnel.
  5. Data destruction: It is done primarily to ensure that all data on the hard drive is destroyed. After that, they are processed into aluminum ingots for use in the automotive industry.
  6. Separation into material composition: After the useful and hazardous components of the computer sets have been harvested, the remaining pieces are further shredded based on material composition.
  7. Reuse: The various materials recovered can then be transported downstream to secondary material recyclers for further processing. Secondary recyclers, manufacturers, or raw material buyers repurpose the materials to create new products.

Al Sifah Metal scrap dealers are an established business for used computers in Sharjah. We deal in all types of ferrous and nonferrous metals. They are a reliable company for used laptops in Sharjah. One of the prominent scrap buyers in UAE accepts all types of surplus materials and scrap metals. 


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