When disposing of an old computer
, users will often delete all files containing confidential information.
Second Byte, in Pikesville, Maryland, inexpensively refurbishes and services old computers
. Owner Michael Barry Howie and his wife and partner, Anne, compare the development of a used computer industry to the beginnings of the first used-car sales lots in the early 1940s.
A couple of years ago, some people in Connecticut figured out a good way to reuse old computers
. They get companies to give them old equipment before it's thrown out.
Charities are often crying out for old computers
. There are currently 9.2 million people in the UK who have never used the internet and many believe refurbished computers could help get them online.
"The refurbishing centre repairs the old computers
, upgrades them, deletes old data and completely overhauls the machine before repacking and delivering them to charity organisations," he said.
Leigh said: "You may not be able to work with a specialist company like we do but don't feel as if you have no option but to throw away your old computers
if you don't need them any more.
He added: "Recycling old computers
was a conscious decision taken by the force as part of an overall cost-cutting exercise and hard drives are always wiped clean, but it appears that on this occasion the floppy disk has been overlooked."
replaced by new ones over the festive season could be targets for identity thieves.
Mr Gee's firm is developing a recycling programme where businesses and members of the public can bring their old computers
to be put into new working order before being given to local charities.
John Shaw, of Harry Shaw Business Computers, was pleased to offer their old computers
"This legislation gives consumers, recyclers, retailers and manufacturers alike incentives to recycle old computers
Many states, however, must first replace their old computers
. So far, 18 states are receiving electronic downloads of claims data, and eight are using the electronic folders, according to the agency.