Recycle old laptops: Don’t throw out your old laptop—do this instead

Don’t throw out your old laptop—do this instead

All electronics eventually go to the great big motherboard in the sky, but instead of unceremoniously sending what was once the best laptop you ever purchased to the city dump, opt to recycle or donate it. The precious metals and plastic can be extracted from your laptop and used in other applications. Or if there’s still life left in your laptop, there’s a huge chance someone else will be able to use it.

Whatever the current state of your laptop, recycling or donating your old machine is a fantastic way to cut down on e-waste, help mitigate the ongoing chip shortage, and help out people in need. Here’s how to prepare your laptop for recycling or donation, and how to find places that will take it off your hands.

Save your files

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A small, easily portable HDD or SSD is a great option for backing up your files.

If your old laptop has been collecting dust in your closet, chances are you might have forgotten what you have saved on it. Old pictures, music, games—files that may or may not have made it into your Google Drive at some point. Even if you are sure you don’t need anything on it, it’s always a good idea to double-check. (I recently found over 11,000 music files I had forgotten about on one of my old laptops.)

If you do find any files you’d like to keep, there are a few different ways you can go about saving them. You can use a cloud storage solution like Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox if you don’t feel like messing with a physical storage device. Each has a desktop and mobile app so you can access your files from any device, and any changes you make to the files will automatically sync on your device as well.

If you need a lot of storage space, you may have to pay for a monthly subscription to each of those services. (You get only 5GB of free space with OneDrive and Dropbox, but Google gives you 15GB free to start.) If that doesn’t sound appealing, consider buying an external HDD or SSD.

This pocket-sized Seagate Portable 1TB external HDD, for instance, is $49. 99 and ends up costing less than those cloud storage services after a few months.

Not only is this a better value, but there’s less hassle transferring your files to a new computer. You won’t have to mess with installing apps or rely on your internet connection to upload the files to the cloud and then sync those files to your computer—just plug in the external drive, highlight all the files, and then drag them to a new folder on your Desktop.

Factory reset

Now that you’ve backed up all the files you want to keep, it’s time to wipe your computer clean. Fortunately, this is a lot easier (and more secure) than dumping everything into the Trash Bin or manually deleting your browser cookies that save log-in and credit card information. Each operating system has its hard reset button, so to speak. All you need to do is find it, hit it, and your computer will take care of the rest.



It’s so simple to factory reset your Windows PC!

For Windows 10 and 11 users, the process is exactly the same:

  • Use the search feature in the Taskbar to type in Reset, and then click on Reset this PC > Get Started under Reset this PC > Remove everything > Local Reinstall.

  • You can also choose Cloud download if you want a fresh copy of Windows instead of the locally available copy.

Both of these methods will wipe everything from your computer and reset the entire operating system. However, this method doesn’t actually modify the disk sectors containing the data, so someone could recover your data with the right software. If this concerns you:

  • Select Change settings after you click on one of the two reinstall options, and then toggle the Clean data switch to Yes.
    It will take longer to reset your PC, but it’s much more secure as this process fully reformats the storage drive. It passes over the data several times, writing 0s and other random numbers to every sector so a data recovery tool won’t be able to read what was once on the drive.



If you have an M1 Mac with macOS Monterrey, you have the quickest and easiest reset process.

Depending on which macOS version you have, and if your Mac device has an Intel chip or Apple’s M1/M2 chip, this process has different methods.

Let’s start with M1/M2 devices running macOS Monterey:

  • First, click on the Apple menu icon in the top left corner of your screen, and then select System Preferences > Erase All Content and Settings.

  • Enter your administrator credentials, and then use the Time Machine to back up your files if you didn’t do that already. If you did, skip that step and click on Continue.

  • The system will ask you to confirm you want to completely wipe your PC and reset the operating system—click Continue > Erase All Content & Settings. Let your computer do its thing.

  • If you’re asked to join a Wi-Fi network as part of the reset process, go ahead and do that and then click Reset once your computer says your Mac is activated.

Next up are Intel-based Macs and/or Macs running macOS Catalina or earlier:

After you back up the files you want to keep, you’ll want to deauthorize or sign out of any Apple programs, like iTunes, iCloud, and iMessage.

  • For iTunes: Open the program, click on Account > Authorizations > Deauthorize This Computer. Enter your Apple ID and password and click Deauthorize to confirm. (If you have macOS Catalina or later, skip this step.)

  • For iCloud: Click on the Apple menu icon > System Preferences > Apple ID. Select Overview in the sidebar, then click Sign Out.

  • If you have macOS Mojave or earlier, select the Apple menu icon > System Preferences > iCloud > Sign Out.

  • For iMessage: Open the Messages app, then choose Messages > Preferences. Click iMessage > Sign Out. (This is the same process regardless of what macOS version you have.)

Next, reset the NVRAM. This will clear your user settings from memory and restore security features that might have been changed.

  • Shut down your Mac, then turn it on and immediately press and hold the Option, Command (⌘), P, and R keys for 20 seconds.

Now, unpair Bluetooth devices you want to use with another computer. (Optional)

  • Apple icon > System Preferences > Bluetooth > Remove (x) next to the device(s) you want to unpair.

Erase your Mac and reinstall macOS with the Disk Utility.

  • To access the Disk Utility, turn off your Mac, then turn it on again and immediately press and hold the Command (⌘) and R keys until you see an image like an Apple logo.

  • Enter your administrator password if asked, then click on Disk Utility > Continue > Macintosh HD > Erase.

  • Type in the following: Under Name, Macintosh HD; Under Format: APFS or Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

  • Click Erase or Erase Volume Group. (Depending on your macOS version, the button will say one or the other.)

  • Enter your Apple ID if asked, and then delete any other internal volumes from the sidebar if necessary.

  • Quit Disk Utility to return to the Utilities window. If you want to reinstall macOS, click Reinstall > Continue and follow the onscreen instructions.

For other reinstallation options, visit Apple’s website.



Because ChromeOS isn’t a full-fledged operating system like Windows and macOS, it has the fastest and easiest reset process.

Compared to Windows and macOS, ChromeOS has the simplest reset process.

  • Sign out of your Chromebook.

  • Press and hold Ctrl, Alt, Shift, and R.

  • Select Restart > Powerwash > Continue.

  • Your Chromebook will now perform a factory reset.

Your Google profiles and settings will be removed. The next account to sign into the freshly power-washed device will become the new owner account.

Recycle your laptop

If you have a laptop that’s more than five years old or has a lot of wear and tear, recycling it might be the best option—and there are lots of e-waste recycling options. You can take your old laptop to Best Buy, which operates a robust recycling program.

Laptop manufacturers like Apple, Dell, Lenovo, and HP also have recycling programs, and sometimes will recycle your old laptop for free. (Along with many other types of electronics.)

You can also use services like Earth911 and the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) Greener Gadgets program to find a recycling center near you.

Donate your laptop

If you have a newer laptop or an older one in great condition, consider donating it. It could be as simple as handing it down to your kid or your friend’s kid, but there are local, national, and international organizations like human-I-T, the World Computer Exchange, Computers with Causes, and Digitunity that supply at-risk students and families with working laptops.

One thing to keep in mind: Some non-profits will repair donated electronics before giving them away, while others require them to be in working order. If it would cost you more to repair your old laptop before giving it away, recycling is probably the better option.

Why donate or recycle?


This photo taken on January 19, 2017 shows workers disassembling laptop computers at the Tokyo Eco Recycle company in Tokyo.

Electronic waste is hazardous to our health. The average person may not have to worry about it, but for the millions of people around the world who informally process e-waste, their health is at risk.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “As many as 12.9 million women are working in the informal waste sector, which potentially exposes them to toxic e-waste and puts them and their unborn children at risk.” More than 18 million children and adolescents who work in the same sector are at risk for “changes in lung function, respiratory and respiratory effects, DNA damage, impaired thyroid function,” and other chronic diseases later in life.

Statistics released by the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership (GESP), which is developed and supported by UNU-ViE Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (Unitar), and The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), showed 53.6 metric tonnes (Mt), or about 118,167.8 pounds of e-waste was generated globally in 2019—but only 17. 4% of that (9.32 Mt) was collected and recycled properly. 44.28 Mt of e-waste was not.

A significant proportion of that e-waste, according to the WHO, “is exported from high-income countries to low- and middle-income countries, where there may be a lack of regulation, or where regulation does exist, it may be poorly enforced.” 6.7 Mt of that improperly disposed of e-waste during 2019 was screens and monitors, which included laptops.

It’s not all bad news—the GESP also discovered that the same 17.4% of e-waste prevented “as much as 15 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents from being released into the environment.” If we properly dispose of more e-waste,, not only could fewer people be at risk from job-related health issues, but it could also help curtail climate change.

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Spring Cleaning Pro Tip: Recycle Old Tech and Gadgets for Free

Thinking of spring cleaning? Whether you’re finally cleaning up the junk drawer or upgrading your tech, don’t condemn your old device to your in-home gadget graveyard — or worse, the garbage. We all hang onto outdated tech for our own reasons, but there are also multiple ways to repurpose old devices for your smart home, using them as security cameras and more.

Whatever the tech, when it’s finally time to say goodbye, there’s a right way to dispose of your old gadgets — and there are a lot of wrong ways. We’ll show you which is which.

What to do before you get rid of a device

When you’re finished with a gadget, make sure it’s also finished with you. Make sure to back up anything you want off the device — photos, videos, songs — and then perform a factory reset. Here are a few CNET articles to help clarify the finer points of wiping a device:

  • How to Wipe Your Phone or Tablet Before You Sell It
  • The Best Way to Completely Wipe Your Android Device
  • What to Do With Your iPhone or Android Phone Before Donating It
  • How to Reset and Clean My Laptop to Give to Someone Else?

Here are the best places here in the US to recycle, repurpose or give new life to your old technology.

How to recycle smartphones 

Smartphone Recycling lets you print a free FedEx shipping label or request a recycling kit. Ship your old smartphone and you might even get paid, depending on the device’s condition and age. Smartphone Recycling accepts devices in bulk, so you have to ship a minimum of 10. Depending on how long you’ve been hoarding phones, you might meet this quota on your own. If not, check with friends and family and make it a group effort.

If you succumbed to the siren song of the newest gadget, even if your current device wasn’t on its last leg, we’re not here to judge.

Woot/Screenshot by CNET

What you can recycle: Smartphone Recycling accepts smartphones, cell phones, MacBooks, tablets, iPhones, iPads, iPods and Apple Watches, as well as batteries attached or installed in devices.

Best Buy 

Best Buy accepts a wide range of tech products and generally takes three items per house per day. Specifics may vary depending on where you live, but you can check with the state-specific recycling information dropdown menu on the site.

Best Buy also offers a haul-away option for larger appliances like TVs, dishwashers, freezers, microwaves, treadmills and exercise bikes. If you’ve ordered a new product, Best Buy will take away your old one for recycling. There’s also a stand-alone haul-away option that costs $200. You can have two large items hauled away as well as an unlimited number of smaller items, with some exceptions. 

What you can recycle: Best Buy can take TVs, cables and chargers, media players, projectors, laptops, hard drives, webcams, cellphones, calculators, radios, landlines, headsets, vacuums, fans, ink and toner cartridges, alarm clocks, speaker systems, e-readers, video game consoles, memory cards, camcorders, digital cameras, GPS devices and more. 

If you don’t want to recycle your tablet, there are places to donate technology. 



Office supply store Staples also offers free recycling options for old technology. Staples accepts up to seven items per customer per day. The company also has various haul-away options, driver pickup and pallet pickup, as well as prepaid address labels available. 

What you can recycle: Staples can recycle accessories, adapters, cables, computers, cordless and mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops, routers, tablets, webcams, ink and toner and other office tech items. 

Home Depot

Home Depot has an explainer on its website about how to safely dispose of dead batteries, old paint, electronics and other items, as well as tips for upcycling and repurposing. According to, the services are drop-off only for residential customers.

What you can recycle: According to, Home Depot accepts household alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V), lithium-ion batteries, nickel-cadmium batteries, rechargeable household batteries, cell phones and LED light bulbs.  

US Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA doesn’t handle recycling and drop-offs the same way other businesses do, but it does have a handy guide that makes it easier to get the information you need. The EPA’s directory breaks down donation and recycling by electronic device, company name, logo and any additional details.

What you can recycle: Again, the EPA’s directory links you out to specific companies and their policies, but according to the list, you can recycle and donate mobile devices, PCs and TVs as well as imaging equipment and supplies. 

Electronics Take-Back Coalition 

Like the EPA, Electronics Take-Back Coalition makes it easy to find manufacturer take-back programs in the US. You can browse over 25 companies’ take-back program summaries, including Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic, Sony and more. 

The Electronics Take-back Coalition doesn’t handle the recycling, but it can direct you to the proper resource for your needs.

What you can recycle: Depending on the company, you can find places to turn in iPhones, iPads, smartphones, monitors, computers, printers, keyboards, mice, DVD and VHS players, cameras, TVs and more.

Your laptop can be recycled, donated or repurposed. We’ll tell you where to look.

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EcoATM gives you a price estimate for your old phone that you can lock in on the mobile app using your old device’s IMEI number. EcoATM will ask a few questions about your device like brand, model, memory, carrier and condition before generating a quote. From there, you can visit one of the organization’s kiosks, located at stores like Kroger, Walmart and Dollar General. 

What you can recycle: EcoATM can help with iPhones, Samsung smartphones, tablets and MP3 players, Google Pixel phones, LG phones and tablets, Motorola phones and ZTE phones. You can also recycle chargers and cellular accessories like cases, but you won’t be paid for them.


Earth911 lets you search by device and ZIP code to find appropriate nearby locations to turn in old phones. When you visit the organization’s website, click Where to Recycle at the top of the page to get started. Earth911 works with well-known businesses like Lowe’s and Target, as well as local waste and recycling centers. 

What you can recycle: Earth911 helps you find locations to recycle, but it will also note the materials the location accepts, whether it allows drop-off or pickup for residential or businesses, as well as any additional information. 

Recycling for Charities

Recycling for Charities accepts technology donations, but gives a percentage of the device’s value to the charity of your choosing. Scroll through a directory of charities, select one, enter the required information and click donate. Charities receive anywhere between 25 cents and $100 from your items. 

What you can recycle: Wireless cell phones and corresponding batteries, iPhones, wireless pagers, digital cameras, iPods, PDAs and Palm Pilots. 


Call2Recycle is a battery-focused recycling program. The organization offers drop-off options at locations like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Staples, as well as shipment boxes for batteries and cell phones. Drop-offs are free, but recycling kits and shipment boxes cost between $45 and $115, depending on the size.

What you can recycle: Rechargeable batteries like Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride, Lithium Ion, Nickel Zinc and Small Sealed Lead Acid weighing up to 11 pounds. Call2Recycle also accepts single-use batteries like AA, AAA, 9V, C, D and button cell batteries weighing up to 11 pounds. The organization also accepts cell phones and their corresponding batteries regardless of size, make, model or age. 

For more information, check out five things you can recycle (and five things you can’t) and the right way to recycle plastic and the dos and don’ts of recycling metal cans.

Recycling of laptops, where and how old equipment is recycled

Every year several million units of modern computer equipment are bought in our country.

It’s no secret that today it’s hard to imagine any company without various office equipment.

Computers, laptops and tablets are widely used for work, study and just for fun. And social networks are gradually replacing live human communication. All this leads to an increase in demand for electronic equipment.

At the same time, this technique breaks down, becomes obsolete, is replaced by more powerful and faster ones, and even goes out of fashion. And sooner or later, the owners face the question: what to do with unnecessary equipment? How to get rid of an outdated laptop?

When asked where to donate old things, the easiest way that comes to mind is to simply throw it in a landfill. But this can have adverse consequences for those who decide to act in this way.

Organizations in Moscow accepting laptops for recycling:

  • Waste Management, phone: 8 (495) 104-57-53;
  • “Purchase of Laptops”, phone: 8 (495) 266-77-54;
  • “Fortis service”, phone: 8 (495) 621-05-75.


  • Penalties for dumping laptops in landfills – myth or reality
  • How laptops are disposed of in other countries
  • Is it worth recycling or is it easier to sell for spare parts tiling

Penalties for dumping laptops in a landfill – myth or reality

But dumping old laptops is incompatible with ethics. Why?

Each laptop contains various heavy metal compounds: lead, cadmium, mercury. It uses phenol formaldehyde, chlorine compounds. These are dangerous carcinogens that should not be released into the environment.

Many of the polymeric materials used in notebooks have not yet been properly tested for environmental friendliness. We do not know how they will behave in decades or centuries at landfills.

The most environmentally hazardous parts of a notebook are the liquid crystal display, which contains mercury, and the battery, which contains lead, lithium, cadmium.

This technique contains a small amount of precious metals that must be reused, ie refined.

A lot of work has been spent on the manufacture of each piece of equipment. And just throwing it in the trash is like throwing money away.

Taking computer equipment to a landfill is against the law. The main regulations governing the disposal of laptops are the federal laws of the Russian Federation “On Environmental Protection” and “On Production and Consumption Waste”. And according to them, all office equipment is subject to disposal in compliance with certain rules.

So you can’t throw it away. In addition, this is fraught with undesirable consequences in the form of fines not only for pollution of nature, but also for the illegal circulation of precious metals.

If one person could quietly throw away their old laptop, then organizations that replace old equipment with modern ones will not be able to do this. If the amount of discarded office equipment is significant, then the enterprise may even be closed for up to three months.

How laptops are recycled in other countries

In most developed countries, the disposal of used office equipment is a common and routine business. For example, in Germany, all equipment is handed over to the trash separately, and only then it is sorted and disposed of depending on the type of equipment. In highly developed European countries, it’s simply not possible to “quietly” throw away a computer or laptop. Their own neighbors will report to the police, and she will already force them to take the equipment back for legal disposal, and back up their decision with a hefty fine.

Laptop recycling everywhere is unprofitable. Therefore, in developed countries, owners of obsolete equipment pay for scrapping.

Disposal costs are around $30 in the United States and 15-30 euros in European countries. It is clear that for residents of backward countries this is an unbearable amount, so there is virtually no recycling of electronic equipment in them.

Since 2005, manufacturers of electronic equipment in the European Union have been required to accept for recycling equipment of their own production free of charge. And this immediately affected the price of equipment, which included the cost of disposal.

In our country, the problem of outdated electronic equipment is just beginning to be solved on a national scale. Some large companies, such as Eldorado, run recycling programs for old equipment, including electronics. The digital equipment recycling program is also popular in the DNS chain of stores.

Is it worth scrapping or is it easier to sell for spare parts

If the equipment is not hopelessly outdated yet, you can try to sell it. You can sell the laptop as a whole or in parts. There is even such a business – to buy old computers and laptops and use them to make a new one.

The Internet is full of advertisements for both selling old laptops and buying them. If there is no electronics recycling company in your city, then it will be easier and easier to sell your old laptop. If you are lucky and you have a rarity of the first issues, then perhaps collectors will even be happy to shell out a fairly large sum for it.

If we adopt Western experience, then tire recycling can become a very profitable business.

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First we sort, then we dispose

Some people prefer to dispose of their equipment themselves. So, they will need to disassemble the laptop into components and sort. And only then think about where to put them: sell them or take them to the dumpster.

If we consider the composition of the laptop, it looks like this:

  • metal – 35%;
  • wires – 19%;
  • liquid crystal display – 18%;
  • plastic – 14%;
  • PCB – 6.5%;
  • wires – 1%;
  • illumination – 1%.

Dismantling may not take too long.

But be aware that some elements may pose a health risk. For example, a broken fluorescent lamp backlight monitor.

This releases mercury vapor into the air. They are much more dangerous than liquid mercury. Conditions have been created in specialized enterprises to avoid poisoning. And in a home or office environment, this is not possible.

And, of course, only a person who has a good idea of ​​what is intended for what in a laptop can do self-disassembly.

So, what to do? Your best bet is to find an electronics recycling company and take your old laptop there. In large cities, they are already working, and in some there is even competition.

If there is no such company nearby, it is easier to find those who buy up old laptops. You will get at least some money and get rid of the headache. And what to do with your former laptop, they will already think. For example, in Moscow, you can arrange for such disposal if you visit the website.

But for organizations that need to get rid of the load in the form of old office equipment, there can be only one way – recycling with the help of a specialized company.

Where to rent an old computer or laptop for money?

Few people know that some parts of obsolete office equipment belong to the first three hazard classes. And this means that it cannot be thrown away just like that, for this they can be held financially, administratively, and sometimes even criminally liable. The reason is that potential or immediate damage has been caused to the environment and citizens. To avoid this, you need to ask yourself where to take the old computer.

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Why not just throw it away?

Because old computers and laptops emit toxic substances polluting the environment

Leaving aside the issue of waste, it should be noted that computers and laptops belong to several classes of hazardous waste at once. This is especially true for older devices that include mercury lamps. Because of them, computers are included in the 1st class of danger.

In addition, the PC contains:

  1. Batteries, circuit boards containing tin, cadmium, lead – everything that is included in hazard class 2;
  2. Wires, transformers – hazard class 3.

The remaining parts, the same metal parts, classify the computer and laptop as hazard class 5, they can be scrapped. But instead of disassembling the device, you can try to sell it as a whole. This expands the list of places where you can rent an old computer for money.

If you ignore the danger, throw the equipment into a trash can or landfill, this can lead to an administrative fine of up to 2 tr. for individuals, and 250 tr. for legal entities. If such actions have led to significant material damage, including a serious deterioration in health, the death of the victim, the perpetrator may be deprived of liberty.

Where to rent an old computer for money?

If the old computer equipment cannot be sold, then it can be handed over for money.

For the owner of an old laptop or computer, it is

  1. Hand over equipment to special collection points that dispose of computers and laptops;
  2. Sell it for scrap;
  3. Participate in the campaign to exchange an old PC for a new one;
  4. Offer the device to computer repair specialists.

All these methods allow you to turn in an old laptop for money. First
two cases they will be small. For one computer or laptop more than 200 rubles.
will not offer. But this is a fast and reliable way to safely get rid of

Trade in an old laptop for a new one

Many retail chains have a so-called Trade-in, when they give a discount for returning old equipment.

Participation in the promotion is the most profitable option, which allows you to exchange an old laptop in exchange for a new one. Large retail chains selling household appliances regularly, especially on holidays, offer a discount on new samples in exchange for an old device. It doesn’t have to be working. Saving 10-30% is 3-10 tr. and more.

The most profitable Trade-in with the following retail chains:

  • Eldorado;
  • M-Video;
  • DNS.

Rent a laptop for spare parts

Many service centers for the repair of equipment buy non-working computer equipment for spare parts.

Handing over a laptop for spare parts to repair shops allows you to help out
a significantly larger amount than when contacting scrap metal collection points. Here
the condition of the case, boards, and other components that can
be used during the restoration of office equipment. As a result, the price may
grow instead of 100-200 r. up to 1-1.5 tr. and more.

Hand over a computer for recycling

In addition, there are 8 factories in Russia that specialize in recycling office equipment. Their goal is to extract precious metals from PCs, laptops, etc.

In contrast to the collection points directly at the factory, they will offer 5-7 times more. But it does not make sense to carry a separate device there. And you can assemble a hundred or two computers only if you have a license. This method of how to hand over a computer for recycling for money is suitable for organizations that periodically replace office equipment in production.

Pawn your laptop

Another way is to pawn your laptop. The main requirement that must be met is that the device is in working condition. Some components, such as a PC monitor, can be accepted without checking its performance. Small money will be offered. Regardless of how much you can take a laptop to a pawnshop, the price will be higher than at collection points.

Computer equipment collection points

For users of the website, we have compiled (and constantly updated) a list of organizations in large (and not only) Russian cities where you can return an old computer or laptop for money:

St. Petersburg
Irkutsk 90 201

Naberezhnye Chelny
Nizhny Novgorod



Particulars of disposal of computers for legal entities

Legal entities must follow the write-off and disposal procedure to avoid tax sanctions organs.

Organizations are required to comply with the requirements for recording receipts,
movement, disposal of precious metals. If the Assay Supervision Inspectorate establishes
violations, a fine of up to 30 thousand rubles is imposed on the legal entity, and
the head of the organization will be required to pay up to 3 tr.

Improper disposal of computer equipment can cause
unscheduled tax audit. The reason is the suspicion that the organization is wrong
calculates income tax.

It was mentioned above that it is possible to export PCs and laptops in bulk to
factories that extract precious metals. But this is permissible if the organization has a license.
Otherwise, in order to avoid a fine of up to 250 tr., you need to conclude an agreement with
recycling company that has the appropriate license.

The controlling persons of the organization are personally responsible for checking that the company for the disposal of office equipment has the necessary documents.

In addition, the organization will:

  1. Create
    equipment write-off commission;
  2. Get
    expert opinion that the devices are not subject to further operation;
  3. Conduct
    write-off of equipment through accounting (according to the sub-article of KOSGU No. 226).

With a recycling company, a legal entity must draw up an agreement, draw up acceptance and transfer certificates and completed work. This write-off procedure allows you to remove property tax from old equipment. Violation of the procedure will lead to the fact that the tax authorities will not recognize it as legal, will charge additional tax and a penalty, and will impose a fine.

Especially for legal entities, we have compiled a list of organizations that are involved in drawing up an act of technical condition of equipment for write-off:

St. Petersburg
Volgograd 902 01 Voronezh

Naberezhnye Chelny
Nizhny Novgorod

90 003



Handing over a computer for spare parts or recycling is a necessary action so as not to pollute the environment and not become the subject of an administrative offense or a criminal offense.