The rapid turnover in computer technology is having a troubling side effect. Each year millions of computers become obsolete. As technology advances, you need to properly handle your outdated equipment.

Computer components such as monitors, keyboards, and CPUs contain toxic metals — classifying them as hazardous waste. Businesses and institutions need to be concerned about what happens to their used computers, as they are subject to full hazardous waste regulations when discarded. The good news is that these same computers are subject to reduced regulation — if they are recycled.

What this means is that businesses and institutions may collect and transport their own used computers to a recycler without a solid or hazardous waste transporter's license or hazardous waste manifest.

Not all companies are equally equipped to recycle used computer parts. At LRI, you'll be sure that every part of the computers, monitors, and keyboards you supply are totally recycled. Nothing is landfilled! Not only does this mean you are contributing to a cleaner environment, but also your company will not incur fines from improper disposal of hazardous waste.

Recycling obsolete electronic equipment is easy with LRI. We run regular pickup routes throughout the Midwest. Our customers simply call us to request a pickup of material, and are then scheduled for pickup on the next route in that area.


LRI issues a Certificate of Recycling for all electronics that we pick up. This document should be kept on file as proof that you are properly handling your electronic waste. Additional paperwork will be provided if data destruction or asset tracking is required.


The best possible way to transport obsolete computer equipment is on pallets. Gaylord boxes (a 4' cube, heavy cardboard box that is filled on a pallet) provide the best stability. We have found that neatly stacking components -- even monitors -- on a pallet will be stable for transport if  shrinkwrapped well.