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Today's rapid advance in computing technology means that laptops quickly become obsolete. Therefore laptops are updated on a regular basis in order to take advantage the latest developments.

This has led to the problem of what to do with the rapidly growing stockpile of old laptops, dump them or recycle them

Recycling old computer equipment is the only real option, but only around 10-15% of old computer equipment is being recycled. The rest is either being stored in homes, garages, expensive office space or even worse being dumped in landfill sites.

Companies storing old laptops and computer equipment are entertaining a false economy. It is actually more expensive storing old computer equipment when you take into account the cost of office / storage space

Old laptops contain among other things plastic, ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals (lead, cadmium, antimony, beryllium, chromium and mercury), electronic boards (gold, palladium, silver and platinum). Many of these materials are toxic and do not break down naturally, and if put into a landfill site will eventually contaminate the water table.

The best option when dealing with old laptops is to recycle them, and to have it done by a recycling company that specializes in recycling computers. They recycle old laptops by removing useful computer parts before breaking down what is left, safely removing all hazardous materials in the process.

Nearly all of the major laptop manufacturers run some type of laptop recycling program. These programs involve them taking back your old laptops, and disposing of them responsibly, at no extra cost to you when you purchase a new computer from them.

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