Recycling and Disposal Issues

Nothing lasts forever in the computer business. Whether it is a worn out real-time clock battery, an obsolete monitor, or an empty toner cartridge, there's a right way to get rid of it or to recycle it. Generally, the more “durable” a computer-related item is, the more likely it is that it should be recycled when it reaches the end of its useful life, instead of simply being discarded.

Disposal of Batteries

Batteries no longer contain significant amounts of mercury, a highly toxic chemical responsible for the insanity of many real-life “Mad Hatters” in nineteenth-century England, but today's batteries still contain chemicals that should not go into landfills.

Depending on the type of battery that you have replaced, ...

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