If you're getting rid of old computers, there's a lot more to recover than just gold--especially considering how little gold content there actually is in modern computers. Aluminum, copper, steel, magnets and other materials can be pulled from different components, but you need to know where to look to get the removal done efficiently. Take a look at a few computer recycling points to figure out what your computer may have for recycling, and how to get the materials to recycling centers and marketplaces.
Get Aluminum Out Of The Way First
Aluminum is the first metal you'll encounter when scrapping computers, since it's the usual metal used for cases and frames.
Although the case is often covered with a plastic molding for decoration on many modern computers, aluminum remains a plentiful resources for scrappers looking to get something for their trouble. On some niche computers for sturdy, rugged, or industrial use, the case may be made of steel.
The inner framework of computers is less simple to recycle than the thin outer case panels. There are multiple folded aluminum beams that can be removed via taking out the screws or locating the locking tabs, but it's hard to bend or break the beams for smaller storage. If simply stacking cases isn't an option, melt the aluminum by the removed parts.
Heat sinks are usually solid blocks of aluminum with thin, sharp fins used to displace heat, but higher performance heat sinks are made of copper. Be careful when handling any type of heat sink, as the fins are usually sharp enough to slice the skin with a light brushing.
Hard drives are also encased in aluminum, but there are also a few other nice materials to recover.
Rare Magnets In Hard Drives
Hard drives are deceptively heavy to recycling enthusiasts. Much of the weight comes from the platters, which are either made of silicon-like materials or aluminum depending on the vendor, and the shiny coating of proprietary materials can give the false impression of recyclable metal if the platters aren't aluminum.
The real prizes in hard drives are the rare earth magnets, which are used instead of screws to hold precious parts together. These materials have varying values depending on how efficient recycling centers are at recovering materials from the magnets, and that answer changes depending on the equipment available at the recycling center or their stance on rare earth recycling.
Hobbyists can be a better source of money for magnet recycling, as the small magnets are sought after for different personal projects. If you have bulk materials for recycling centers, or would like different bins to separate your materials, contact a garbage removal professional for bin rental and delivery details. Contact a company like General Waste Removal for more information about your options for metal recycling.Share
11 October 2016
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