HP offers a “planet partner” recycle program that recycles old computer equipment. They are recycling 4 million pounds a month.
They are accepting almost any kind of personal computing equipment: computers; laptops, scanners; copiers; fax machines; monitors; PDAs; mice, and more. There is no limit to how much you can recycle.
There’s a video that shows the recycling process from start to finish — it’s pretty interesting to see a big computer reduced to pieces the size of a thumbnail.
What I thought was especially interesting is that the machinery basically eats items up and spits out little pieces, but then separates the metal pieces from other materials (must be some sort of magnetized equipment, I’m guessing?).
While there’s no refund for recycling, HP does have a separate trade-in program. You can trade in existing equipment (even from other manufacturers) and get a credit toward purchasing new equipment.
So next time you decide to clean out the basement and get rid of that old computer from 4 years ago still down there, do something good for the planet and think about HP.