You have probably upgraded your computer within the last couple of years, we all like the newer, faster models. And it seems obvious that the old ones in now garbage and as such it can just be thrown out with the rest of the garbage – right?
Wrong – since January 2011 the NJDEP have ruled that computers, monitors, laptops, portable computers & televisions CANNOT be disposed of in the garbage. In fact, if you tried to throw your computer out with the garbage your collector is likely to leave it at the roadside.
This type of E-waste (Electronics Waste) must be recycled via an approved local collection site. Here’s a link to the NJDEP list of approved collections sites (opens pdf file).
As an additional caution you should remove all hard drives from any computer you are disposing of. Data on your hard drive can be retrieved even if the computer is broken or dismantled. If you don’t know how to do this ask at the collection center.