Where Can I Recycle Computers?

Technology constantly changes, which may leave you wondering, “Where can I recycle computers?” Electronics recycling is vital when constantly upgrading our phones, TVs, computers, and laptops for the newest model to hit the market. 

Finding somewhere to recycle your computer should be easy, but there’s more to it than that. It’s essential to consider several factors when recycling computers. The most important factors to consider are:

  • When you throw away a computer, and it goes to the landfill, you are throwing away not only your personal information but also precious resources. Plastic and metals take hundreds of years to decompose. However, what is even more vital to keep out of landfills are the chemicals that can leach into our soil and enter our water systems. 
  • While donating your computer to somewhere like Goodwill* may seem viable, they may not ensure your data is destroyed. If the computer works, the person who purchases it may be able to retrieve your tax information, credit card payments, and other personal information. 
  • Before recycling, ensure that the place you choose will destroy your data and that each piece of your computer will be appropriately disposed of. This not only protects you but your carbon footprint as well. 

Here are some places you can check out to see if there is a recycling program near you:

  • The R-2 Certified Database
    • R-2-certified companies follow a rigorous set of standards to reuse and recycle responsibly. These are formally evaluated to protect the health of the environment, employees, and communities. It’s important to note that all downstream vendors of your IT recycling company are also R-2 certified. 
  • Earth 911
    • Earth 911 has the recycling answer to all unwanted goods, including e-waste. Type in your zip code and what you’re looking to recycle, and you will be provided with what you’re looking for within a radius of your choosing!
  • E-Stewards Database
    • Much like the R-2 certified database, E-Stewards is a similar database based on their certification qualifications. Companies that hold this certification ensure data security and brand protection. Additionally, these companies care about human rights and environmental justice. 
  • Securis.com
    • See if there is a Securis location that may be able to help you or your business. With four locations, Securis provides electronics and computer recycling across the East Coast. From ensuring that our natural resources are responsibly recycled to helping businesses keep electronic waste out of landfills, we’re here for all your e-waste needs! Not only are we R-2 certified, but we also ensure that all of our downstream vendors are. We want to protect our environment, customers, and employees from steps A to Z. 

Recycling electronics helps provide environmental protection, and using a trusted e-waste recycling company can help keep your personal information safe. Before recycling, a company like Securis will remove all personal data from your devices.

Data breaches occur not only to big corporations but to individuals as well. Our computers contain tax returns, credit card payments, savings account information, and personal information. Be sure to properly dispose of your equipment to protect yourself from this information ending up in the wrong hands. 

*Some Goodwills partner with Dell to eliminate data and/or recycle broken computers appropriately. However, this partnership is not nationwide. 

How Can I Recycle Batteries?

While the easiest thing to do is toss old batteries into a garbage can, proper battery disposal methods are vital. Batteries can be recycled safely, but it’s essential to do it correctly for safety reasons. Recycling batteries isn’t easy, especially since each type needs to be disposed of differently.


Lithium-ion batteries (Li-ion batteries) are standard in laptops, cell phones, and electric cars. They come in two forms: soft and dry. The increased usage of these batteries in our everyday lives has led to increased fires due to improper disposal of them.

Because they contain hazardous waste, it’s crucial to find a company that can recycle them properly. 

There are two main recycling options for these batteries: pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy

  • Pyrometallurgy separates the mixed metal alloy of cobalt, copper, iron, and nickel. 
  • Hydrometallurgy recovers metals and ores from lithium-ion batteries. 


Lead acid batteries can be recycled and can contain value. Some materials, like impure lead, can be returned to battery manufacturers and recycled into new batteries. Sulfuric acid can be turned into water. Eighty percent of the materials are turned into new batteries.

Putting these into the garbage would allow the lead and sulfuric acid in them to leach into our soil, water, and other valuable natural resources.


Christmas morning can be disappointing if you don’t have single-use batteries on hand for your kid’s newest toys. However, these batteries have corrosive chemicals that shouldn’t be dumped into landfills leaking into our soil. AA, AAA, C, and D alkaline batteries are household hazardous waste. 

To properly recycle them, they should be placed into a rotary kiln to recover any zinc oxide in them. This can be reused in various plastics and ceramics. 


Button cell batteries contain mercury and therefore need to be disposed of properly. From hearing aids to watches and other small electronics, button batteries are pretty standard in our households. 

Ingredients like mercury can be found in batteries, which is why it is important to recycle them. When we recycle, we prevent more mercury from being mined. 

Securis Can Help!

If your business is unsure how to properly dispose of batteries inside your laptops and other devices, we can help

If you live in the DC metro area, we host monthly recycling events at our Chantilly, VA warehouse, where you can drop off your old electronics*. 

*There may be a fee for proper battery disposal

Securis Attends DC’s High Tech Prayer Breakfast

On Thursday, November 10, 2022, Securis attended the 21st annual High Tech Prayer Breakfast. It’s a unique event that provides inspiration, connection, and great food to the Northern Virginia technology community. While food feeds our bodies, inspiration and global connection fill our souls in the data center, electronics recycling, hard drive destruction, and business communities.

Securis encourages all interested employees to attend the High Tech Prayer Breakfast, regardless of religion, transportation needs, and work schedules. Securis offers solutions to each challenge. Regarding transportation, don’t worry about parking in the crazy grid of Tyson’s Corner. Securis brings a bus to the headquarters in Chantilly, VA.

Securis hosted eight tables for the event, filled with our employees, vendors, and other industry partners. We enjoyed hearing the testimonies of Shira Lotzar and Carl Grant over breakfast.