12 On Your Side: Safe, free, easy way to get rid of old computers

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, Jan. 21, 2013

MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW) -- If you've been holding onto your old computer because you're worried about polluting the environment or risking your personal information, the wait is over.

A quick scan around the back parking lot of Computer Exchange and you might think you went back into time. Old desktops, laptops and TVs are piled on a conveyor belt.

"What you are looking at is a typical morning of recycled," said Charles Kelly with Computer Exchange.

Mitch Ragand dropped off an old laptop and desktop.

"Here they are recycling them versus putting them in the trash where they go in the landfill," the customer said.

He's brought at least 10 computers here to be recycled over the years.

A few years ago, Kelly partnered with Georgia Tech to come up with a safe way to help folks in the CSRA recycle their computers.

"So we get tons of this at all three of our locations and when I say tons, I mean literally tons," Kelly said.

"In the past, this would go in the landfill," Kelly said.

He says it's not only dangerous to the environment but could also be a danger to you.

Many people store personal information such as Social Security numbers on their computers. Technicians at Computer Exchange either destroy hard drives with a drill or give it back to the customer before recycling the computer.

Computer Exchange is paid by the recycling company for your old computers. However, the company breaks even once they factor in storage and hauling fees.

The cost for recycling an old computer is free for customers.

You can recycling your old electronics at any of the following locations during opening hours:

  • 3206 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta, GA 30906
  • 404 East Martintown Road. North Augusta, SC 29841
  • 3835 Washington Road, Suite B, Martinez, GA 30907

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