You can find a great deal of satisfaction by going green and selling your circuit boards or computer components to a recycling company. You can also make some extra money by choosing to take on this type of endeavor.
Examples of Computer Parts Used for Recycling
Some of the computer components that are used for recycling include the following:
- High grade boards
- Mid-grade and Low-grade boards
- Silver and gold memory
- Gold plated connectors
- Mixed fiber and ceramic processors
- PC towners (or the complete computer)
- An incomplete PC tower
- Complete and incomplete laptops
- Whole and incomplete servers
- Digital satellite receivers
- Switches and routers
- Cell phone (without he battery)
- AC adaptors with the wire
- Keyboard, mice, and similar computer peripherals
You can also receive money for scrap aluminum at the same place you sell recycled computer parts. Usually, the components you sell are purchased on a per pound basis and you can obtain the information online about pricing. As a seller though, you are typically responsible for the shipping costs.
Selling Other Peoples’ eWaste
While the recycling of electronics may not have occurred to you before, you can make substantial change when you sell what is also known as eWaste. The term eWaste is another name for electronic waste. Because people constantly are buying new electronics, you have a pretty viable market.
Therefore, you can begin this type of venture by asking friends and family if they have electronics they no longer use sitting around their house. Most people will be joyous about the fact that you are taking a clunky old monitor or desktop computer off their hands.
A Great Potential Money-making Opportunity
Besides individuals, you can also ask companies, universities, or schools for old computer equipment – items that are no longer wanted or used. When you think about the potential money you can make by taking on this initiative, you will want to start making phone calls right away.
In fact, most people do not know that almost every part of a computer can be repurposed, all the way from the plastic in the electronic to the metal, glass, and mother board. Other recyclable items include the following:
- The computer’s memory
- Gold connector pins
- Hard drives
- Computer chips
- Copper wiring
- The silver or platinum parts in a computer
- The computer’s batteries
While a motherboard, computer case, or computer chips can be sold online on such sites as Craigslist or EBay, you can sell the other parts—such as the metal and plastic—to recycler. Again, you are normally paid by the pound for the components and materials.
Once you start collecting eWaste, you will find that certain parts are more valuable than others. Anything that is made of such metals as gold, platinum, or silver will fetch a higher price. For example, you can detach solid gold or gold-plated connector pins from components and sell them to a metals refiner for processing.
How to Obtain eWaste on a Regular Basis
Besides asking your friends and families about their stash of old electronics, you can also use the follow methods for obtaining the materials.
Offer to Haul Away Old Electronic Scraps Free of Charge
Naturally, any free offer will get people to act. Therefore, you can advertise your hauling service on Craigslist or through advertisements in free local classifieds. You can also garner a response by leaving flyers at people’s doors or at yard sales. If you do charge a fee to haul off the eWaste, it is better to offer this service to businesses. Because the electronics at a business are normally more voluminous, a company is usually more than happy to pay you to haul off and recycle its junk.
Host a Recycling Drive
You can also gather old electronics by hosting a recycling drive. Advertise on Craigslist or alert the public through your local media. You can also announce the drive on social media.
While this type of business can start off small, you might be surprised. You might turn it into a full-time enterprise!