I worked a job for Tel Labs where they were doing a global replacement
of early Macs, switching over to updated PCs. There were probably 300
machines, plus printers, monitors, keyboards, mice, etc., all of which
needed to go away.
They had a contractor like yourself, who had only 1 requirement: We had
to separate out the various pieces and offer a basic count of each type
of unit. It didn`t have to be accurate, just a way to set a final price.
So I tore down the originals, made the switch, the carted the old
system to a holding room on site. I split out the hardware into
monitors, keyboards, boxes, cables, etc., and listed that count.
The contractor came and took it from there. Loaded the trucks, hauled
it away, and that was the end of it. They too offered total data
destruction, and it was a really nice synergy for everyone involved.
As a home individual, even with only 1 machine, I wondered what the
heck to do with my old computer when I replaced it. I knew there were
all sorts of bizarre chemicals and metals involved, but had no clue how
to dispose of it all. It would`ve been really nice to open the Yellow
Pages and look under "Computer Equipment Disposal."
"Need to throw away old computers and
technical equipment? We specialize in environmentally safe disposal of
electronic items of any type. Guaranteed data destruction. Personal,
business, or commercial."