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Interactive: Toxic Computer
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Contains metals with commercial value
Easiest to work with
Contains no toxic components
Gold found in circuit boards is almost completely recyclable. The concentration of gold in circuit boards can be 40 to 800 times the concentration in gold ore mined in the United States. But circuit boards also contain lead and other toxic materials that, when not disposed of properly, can be extremely hazardous.]]>
As technology continues to advance, computer chips will become obsolete.
Computer-processing power will double every 18 months to two years.
There will eventually be no need for transistors in high-tech electronics.
As the number of transistors increases, computer-processing power will be cut in half every two years.
Refurbish it for reuse
Place it in storage
Ship it to another country
No usable value
Lack of recycling facilities
Contributed to continuing toxic product manufacture
Eliminated the exporting of toxic e-waste
Allowed other countries to safely and legally dispose of e-waste
Opened up a profitable market
It's recycled efficiently
It's reconditioned for reuse
It's sent to illegitimate recycling firms
Use of minimal packaging
Products designed for easy upgrade or disassembly
Products that offer leasing or take-back options
All of the above
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