We recycle PC baseunits, terminals, laptops and tablets, no matter the age or condition. Our process incorporates:
Our Professional Services are licensed by the Environment Agency.
We apply the waste heirarchy upon receipt of your baseunits at our recycling centre. That way, we can quickly and accurately assess whether to re-use or physically recycle each PC. At the same time, we remove every hard disk from every PC and these are then cleared of data (See "Hard Disk Destruction" for more details).
As with Desktop PCs, we assess laptops as soon as they arrive at our facility and set those aside that are in good physical condition and not too old. Hard Disks are removed from every device upon arrival, for seperate destruction.
A key issue with both Tablet and Terminal systems is that they typically contain a single main board that does everything. Once these have failed, the unit's repair is uneconomical.
Where hardware isn't too old, we'll attempt to re-use it. However, encryption and security built into the hardware usually prevents wiping of the solid state memory, making re-use impossible. The security of data and it's ultimate destruction is more important than any residual value in the equipment.
We'll take the hardware apart, recover the main board, batteries, screen and casing. Main boards are granulated in-house as they contain on-board solid state memory/ storage. Note that the batteries in tablets typically contain Lithium, a very toxic heavy metal. Batteries are also prone to explosion when the terminals are shorted. This makes them hazardous waste and we are required to issue hazardous waste consignment notes for tablet computers.