"The hardest thing to do with a computer isn't buying it or setting it up or using it or fixing it. The hardest thing is throwing it away.
To dispose of just one PC without exposing sensitive personal or corporate data, without running afoul of environmental regulations and without wasting what can be reused requires planning and time and, yes, money.
And that's just one PC. According to the International Association of Electronics Recyclers, about 100 million pieces of computer equipment a year are being added to the massive heap of what's called "e-waste." By 2010 that heap will contain 1 billion units of computer equipment..."
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Source: CIO Magazine