Computer Recycling

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Hundreds of old monitors, keyboards and computers were loaded up onto trucks and trailers and sent on their way to Milwaukee to be recycled.

The service was provided for free along with a dollar admission to Saturday's recycling fair. It's something that benefits everyone when you consider what's inside the average computer.

"There's lead and of course there's radiation, even after the monitor's been off for awhile," said Kevin Walker, event organizer.

Dangerous substances are in a computer, even months after it has been shut down, making proper disposal necessary for your health.

But there was also a lighter side to the activities Saturday at NTC, including a multi-player computer game and pc that is cooled by water.

"It's a water-cooled A7N8X Deluxe 2500 Barton system," said Greg Hansen, water-cooled computer builder.

Hansen spent over 200 hours preparing his computer for a high-tech competition between computer builders, but unfortunately for him, it was all in vain.

"Well, to be honest, the system's not running," said Hansen.

If you didn't make it to Saturday’s event, but still need to get rid of an old computer, you can have it recycled for about $20.

Contact your local waste management department to find out how.