Personal computers

Some discarded computers can be refurbished and reused by others. Reusing computers and recycling the components that cannot be reused saves energy, reduces pollution, and conserves landfill space.
500 million personal computers will become obsolete by 2007; most will go to landfills or incinerators. The volume of electronic waste is rising by 3% to 5% per year – almost 3 times faster than municipal waste. When we dump our old computers in landfills, hazardous materials, such as lead and mercury can contaminate the soil, air and groundwater.

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