Preparing For Large Scale Computer Removal
If you're getting rid of old computers and making way for new systems, you'll need an efficient plan for keeping everything moving without impacting productivity for too long. Technicians need to be able to disconnect, move, then reconnect devices while properly disposing of recycling materials to keep things efficient while avoiding electronic waste (e-waste) fines appearing in some states. Take a look at a few computer removal and replacement planning points to maximize your workforce and your recycling.
The Restack/Refresh Plan
The act of moving old computers out and bringing new computers in is known as a computer restack or refresh by contract technical support companies. Entry level technicians are used to unplug any USB cables, network cables and accessories in order to carry the tower by itself. The tower is taken to a staging area for disposal prep, and the new computer is connected after this process is complete.
The restack process can take days depending on how many systems need to be moved, but the general adding and removing process is fairly simple. The difficult part is preparing old systems for proper disposal, especially if there's useful hardware inside the old systems.
Technicians can remove certain parts that are either useful for the new computers, viable as replacement parts if something breaks in the future or valuable for recycling. First, take a look at reusable parts, then their recycling potential.
Computer Parts Can Be Useful Later
Upgrading a computer is not always a necessity because of exponentially faster speeds. You business may simply need to keep up with the latest generation, which may have more parts at faster speeds, but these parts are the same type as your older computer.
- Hard Drive. Hard drives store information, and you can even keep old information in inactive storage by simply putting the hard drive away. You could also format (erase) the hard drive and use the drive as a secondary blank storage instead of buying another hard drive when an employee needs lots of computer space for files.
Hard drives are encased in aluminum, and there are rare earth magnets inside that can be recycled.
- Memory. Random Access Memory or RAM is divided into Double Data Rate (DDR) generations for personal computers and business workstations. As of 2015, the DDR standards are 1, 2, 3 and 4 with DDR3 being the current popular generation and DDR4 being slowly adopted. If your computers both use DDR3, you could remove the old memory and allow technicians to upgrade the new systems or build customized systems.
Memory has small, gold contacts on the edges that may not be worth much alone, but memory modules can stack up quickly and are easily stored.
- Power supply. The power supply can be useful for decades as long as it supplies enough power for the computer, which technicians can determined by looking at the power demands of other parts.
Power supply units can be recycled for aluminum and large amounts of copper inside the supply, but only a trained electrician should open a power supply, as they can carry life-threatening electrical charges.
When all of the useful parts are removed, technicians need an easy way to dispose of the leftovers. Recycled materials need to be placed in recycling containers, but some of the biggest recycling parts such as the case may be too big for small, hand-carried containers.
Contact a dumpster rental professional to have a recycling container large enough for an entire building's supply of computers and other recyclable materials to be not only thrown away without walking too far, but separated easily.