When you are ready to get rid of your old computer, throwing it away may not be a good option. Computers contain chemicals that are bad for the environment, as well as sensitive personal information that you want to protect. If you don't want to throw away your old computer, here are some other ways you can get rid of it.

Sell: If your computer is still usable, you may be able to sell it. Many people buy and sell used electronics on auction or resale websites like Craigslist and eBay. On sites like those, you can sell the electronics yourself and keep all of your profits. However, since electronics depreciate so quickly, you may be disappointed in the price you can get for your used computer. Many people find that selling your used electronics is not worth the time and effort it takes. If you plan to sell your computer, be sure to erase all of your personal information before you do so.

Trade In: Trading in your old computer is a great option if you are looking to purchase a newer model from the same manufacturer. Manufacturer trade-in programs are a good way to get deep discounts. There are also electronics stores that offer trade-in programs for used electronics, including computers.

Donate: If you want to get rid of your computer and help someone at the same time, you can donate your computer. Your working computer could be a huge help to a local school, community center, or library.

Recycle: Perhaps the easiest, quickest way to get rid of your computer is to recycle it. Unlike selling or donating your computer, you can recycle computers even if they are damaged or completely obsolete. This is an option that is good the for the environment. Your computer contains metals, plastics, and glass, that can be reused. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that for every one million laptop computers that are recycled, it saves the amount of energy that 3,500 U.S. homes use in a year. Recycling your computer is easy. Most manufacturers offer computer recycling for free or for very little cost. There are also local recycling centers throughout the country where you can drop off your old computer for recycling and companies, like STS Electronic Recycling, that can handle your recycling for you. As with all of the other methods for getting rid of your computer, you should erase all information from your computer before you recycle it.

With so many options for getting rid of your computer, you are sure to find a method that is convenient for you.