How Do You Dispose of Old Laptop Computers?

How do you dispose of old laptop computers?  Or printers?  Or anything that plugs into a wall for that matter?  These are questions which some of you may be asking as Earth Day 2024 fast approaches.  Historically, spring has always heralded a season of rebirth and renewal, and eAsset Solutions firmly believes that this should also extend to the responsible recycling of laptop computers and other electronics that have, like winter itself, served their purpose.


In today’s blog, we’ll touch on a few reasons why it’s so important to recycle responsibly, and where to dispose of old laptop computers and anything else that may go zap zap when plugged into a wall.  Let’s take a look!


The Importance of Recycling Laptop Computers



Recycling laptop computers is not just about freeing up space on your desk or tidying up your office area; it’s more so a critical action in tackling the growing e-waste problem and advancing the concept of a circular economy.  Because e-waste has become one of the fastest-growing waste streams worldwide, creating significant environmental, health, and safety risks, our mission at eAsset Solutions is to educate and help combat the rising trend.  And recycling laptop computers is a vital part of mitigating this crisis.  Why?  Because by recycling properly your outdated laptop you reduce the demand for newly mined raw materials and cut down on the ecological destruction associated with their extraction.


Additionally, recycling helps prevent the contamination of our soil and waterways with toxic substances commonly found in electronic devices, such as lead, mercury and cadmium.  (Just writing these nouns feels toxic!).  By recycling, we help realize a circular economy, focusing on repurposing and reusing resources as much as possible rather than disposing of them.  This approach not only reduces our environmental impact but also furthers sustainability by extending the lifespan of each device.


Certified Data Destruction


Recycling laptop computers does come with considerations, however, the most critical of which is guaranteeing total privacy(We touched on this in a recent blog).  Data destruction is not just about deleting files or formatting your hard drive; these measures can often be circumvented with the right tools and under the proper motivation (get some!).  Rather, true data destruction is achieved through certified data destruction companies that are professionally equipped to meet the highest standards.  At eAsset Solutions, for example, we offer degaussing as well as hard drive shredding. Additionally, our data destruction processes are in accordance with:


NIST 800-88 Guidelines


R2v3 (Responsible Recycling)


RIOS (Recycling Industry Operating Standard)


HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)


SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Act)


GLB (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act)


FACTA (Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act)  


COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act)


FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act)


What it boils down to is this: when recycling your electronics, please make sure you’re handing over your devices to a certified data destruction company that will not only meet your data privacy needs, but exceed them.  Responsibly.


Recycling Laptop Computers: How and Where?


As mentioned above, when it comes to recycling laptop computers, it’s absolutely vital to choose a responsible recycler.  For those of you living in the DMV, eAsset solutions stands as your premier partner in the recycling of computers and electronics, boasting nearly two decades of expertise in secure data destruction.  Kicking off the process is as simple as visiting our website to arrange a pickup or calling us at 703-534-5865.  Our professional team will then come to your location and quietly remove your electronics and outdated devices without disrupting your office work space.  We move like ninjas—certified ninjas.


For businesses and organizations situated outside the DMV area, partnering with us remains an easy and accessible option through our mail-in recycling services.  This program is designed to extend our reach, allowing you to benefit from our expert recycling and data destruction services no matter where you are.  Simply fill out the Mail-In Recycling form to inform us about your upcoming shipment and any specific instruction you might have, and send your package to:


eAsset Solutions


427 N. Maple Avenue

Falls Church, VA 22046


We recommend waiting until you have a full box before shipping to help reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation.  Please ensure you adhere to all necessary shipping guidelines, including attaching any required labels for batteries as per DOT regulations, and avoid sending hazardous materials or swollen batteries.


You can consult our Accepted Materials List here to verify that your electronics are eligible!


Further Steps to Responsibly Recycle Your Laptop & Electronics


Still something else to consider, however, are the following options!


Manufacturer Recycling Programs:

Check if the manufacturer of your laptop offers a recycling program.  Many brands provide services to take back old electronics for recycling at no extra charge.  Visit the manufacturer’s website to learn more about their specific program.


Community Recycling Events:



Watch for local events dedicated to electronic waste recycling.  As Earth Day 2024 approaches, these should be popping up more and more and are an excellent, convenient way for you to dispose of your old laptop computers responsibly.  Typically, they are free of charge as well.


Donation Options: 


If your laptop is still functional, consider donating it to organizations, schools, or individuals who could benefit from its use.  Donating helps bridge the digital divide and prolongs the useful life of the device, which is one of the components of achieving a circular economy.


Selling for Parts:


For the more entrepreneurial among you, another avenue is selling them for their parts.  There are businesses that purchase old electronics to salvage components for repairing other devices or to repurpose them in new and creative ways.  Always, always make sure, however, to erase any media-bearing device!


Final Thoughts


With Earth Day 2024 on the horizon, it’s important to consider the many steps we can take to effectuate real, meaningful change.  Recycling laptop computers is not just about unloading unwanted tech; it’s more so a strategy in the fight against the e-waste challenge and helping uplift a circular economy.


By adhering to rigorous data destruction and eco-friendly recycling methods, companies like eAsset Solutions are leading the way in, not only raising awareness and educating the public, but providing straightforward and secure options for both individuals and businesses to partake in our conservation efforts.  


So please read our blogs, make informed decisions, and contact us today for your recycling needs!