Dispose of Old Computers03-23-2014 Cary M. Root – At least once a week I get a call from one of my clients asking what to do with the 10 year old monitors and computers that are stacked up in their closet.

They’ve considered tossing them in the dumpster, but is that OK? (no)
Even if no one says anything, couldn’t someone harvest the sensitive information on those hard drives? (yes)
Can’t I donate them to a charity? (no one wants them if they are 10 years old)
Can I sell them? (even if you charge $10 for a PC, who wants one that won’t run current software or that could cost $100 to fix)

So here it is – the right way to get rid of your old computers…

Your County government will recycle them for you!

Computer equipment that is accepted includes CPU’s, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, terminals, modems, cables, software, and ink printer cartridges. Cell phones and their accessories are also accepted.

Many of the 59 communities in Cuyahoga hold collection events, usually in April or August. Some communities offer year-round collection and recycling of residential computer equipment.Click here for a list of locations, times and dates by City in Cuyahoga County. Not in Cuyahoga County? Just Google “xxx county computer recycling” and substitute your County name instead of xxx.

Computer equipment can also be delivered to RET3 job corp., a non-profit computer recycler located on the east side of Cleveland. RET3 job corp. is located at 1814 East 40th Street in Cleveland; drop-off hours are Monday through Friday at the rear of the building from 8:00-3:00. Contact RET3 job corp. at (216) 361-9991 or www.ret3.org.

Before you clear out that storage closet, remember to wipe out the hard drives. A really good software tool for that is CCleaner. More about that next week!