Have You Ever Wondered How Computers are Recycled? Read On!

Every single year, Australians purchase about two and a half million brand new computers.

This is a huge amount of brand-new electronic hardware and a great result for the growing technology industry. However, it’s not fantastic news for the environment.

The components that computers are manufactured from include heavy metals like lead, cadmium and mercury. Unfortunately, these materials can cause serious damage to the environment.

Therefore, when you’re disposing of your computers (and other e-waste), it’s essential you hire a professional Sydney rubbish removal company.

At Sydney City Rubbish, we’ll take your e-waste and ensure it is recycled by a certified e-waste recycling facility.

Here’s how they’ll recycle your old computers.


The first step is collecting the old computers.

This is where we’ll come to your business and take your old computers and other office junk away for you. Then, we’ll deliver them to a certified computer recycling facility.


At the recycling facility, computers will be sorted into recyclable and reusable parts. If the computers can be reused, they might be sent elsewhere for refurbishment and then resale.

Otherwise, the computers and other types of e-waste will then be sent onto the next stage of the recycling process.

Hazard Removal

The next stage of the process involves removing hazardous components from the computers.

For example, batteries, toners and ink cartridges, mercury bulbs and cathode ray tubes are all hazardous items if not removed correctly and responsibly.


Once those hazardous elements have been taken from the computers, the remaining structure will be torn apart.

Plastic and steel will be ripped from each other, as will glass, copper, aluminum and the other materials used in computers.

These pieces will also be shredded into smaller, more manageable pieces.

Sorting of Materials

Once the previously mentioned materials are shredded, they’ll be sorted.

Metals like copper and lead will be picked up by magnets and separated from plastics and glass. Similarly, circuit boards and other items will be pared away.

Melting Down of Materials

After the broken-down materials have been successfully and thoroughly sorted, they’ll be melted down for reuse in the manufacturing of new computers.

This may be done in the same facility. Alternatively, the broken down and separated materials might be sent on to a different location to be melted down.

The Environmental Impact

This recycling process for the computers and other e-waste from your Sydney business means you’ll be having a much more positive impact on the environment.

When computers are broken down and recycled like this, it means the components aren’t ending up in landfill or illegally dumped.

The heavy metals that are present in computers can leak into soil and water, causing serious pollution. This presents a significant danger to both animals and people.

Therefore, it’s so important that you hire a professional Sydney rubbish removal company to handle your e-waste.

We’ll ensure it’s recycled at a certified facility.

To discuss e-waste removal for your business, get in touch with Sydney City Rubbish here.

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