How to Start a Computer Recycling Center


With so many people buying new monitors, computers and printers, the old ones are starting to pile up in basements and spare rooms, and some are making their way to dump sites. These electronics are not going to decompose. They are going to eventually fill up dump sites or parts of the home and stay there. There is a way to help people dispose of their unwanted computers and accessories. Learn how to start a computer recycling business and make some money as well. The great thing about starting this type of business is that you do not any start-up funds.

Things You'll Need

  • Tools
  • Plastic bins
  • Labels
  • Plastic zipper bags

Work out of your basement until you become overwhelmed with computers and accessories. In some cities, you will need a license to work out of your home. This is different in every state and city. The Clerk of Courts office can tell you if you are required to have a license. Obtain an EIN from the federal government or use your social security number as your business number. File for a state tax number.

Advertise your computer recycling business. People need a place to drop off their old computers and accessories when they are done with them. Get the word out that you are in the computer recycling business. Place fliers at grocery stores and talk with managers of electronic stores to see if they will hand out business cards or place a flier up in their stores, advertising your business.

Set up the basement or the room you will work in with larger sized plastic bins. Name each one after a part of the computers, printers and monitors (for instance: motherboards, hard drives, ink cartilage, expansion cards, drivers, monitor screens for laptops, etc.). Have a bin for every major part.

Buy some plastic zipper bags of different sizes. When you take a part off a computer, write down the make, model number and year of the computer it came out of on a sticky label. Then write down the part name and any other specs you need to know.

Advertise the parts for sale in newspapers or on auction sites. Auction sites will work the best. If you have free newspapers, these are very cheap to advertise in and get out to thousands of people.

Discard any cases and so forth that you have left after disassembling the units in the garbage or talk to your recycling center for detail instructions on where to place the leftovers for trash pickup. Note: You may need a dumpster as your business gets bigger, but for a start up company, most plastic parts can go out with the recycled trash.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember to take all parts that you can make money selling. Do not forget about the gold in computers.
  • Always dispose of the leftover parts properly according to your city guidelines.

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