How to Scrap Metals From Computers

By Kenneth W. Michael Wills

Computers contain a high content of heavy and precious metals in the batteries, electrical wiring, and circuit boards. Some of these metals include gold, aluminum, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, platinum, silver, and zinc. Computers also contain some metals, in which federal and/or local disposal regulations prohibit dumping in landfills. The best option for scrapping metals from computers is to find a scrap company that will recycle your computer and pay you for the metal.

Step 1

Check your local phone book; look for computer recycling centers and scrap dealers in your area that will take computers. You may have to call several numbers to ask whether the scrap dealer takes computers. Some may not advertise this in the phone book.

Step 2

Call multiple scrap dealers and computer recycling centers if you are looking to make money from the metal in the computer. Some centers and scrap dealers will pay for the scrap metal, while others will only offer to take the computer off your hands so you can dispose of it without damaging the environment or risking a fine. Make sure you know the make and model of the computer to get an accurate quote.

Step 3

Arrange to either drop of your computer of to have the scrap company or recycling center come and remove the computer. You should also inquire whether the company would take your monitor; many scrap companies will not, but some computer recycling centers will.