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There’s gold in those laptops!
Q) Which has more gold and copper?
a. circuit boards
b. raw ore mined for these metals
A) Circuit boards!
Circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper as the equivalent weight of ore mined in the US.
In addition, recycling one million laptops saves enough energy to power 3,657 US homes for a year .
Want to learn more? Check out the short video, The Story of Electronics.
Many electronics can be donated, refurbished and used again.
Where to go? Free Geek!
Broken or unusable electronics can be recycled and component parts made into something else.
Where to go?
Third-party certification, such as e-Stewards certification, ensures environmentally sound and humane recycling practices.
Removing personal or sensitive information:
To remove personal or sensitive information before donating or recycling your electronics,
Contact Oregon E-Cycles for free drop-off locations for
According to Oregon E-Cycles’ website: Participating recyclers must meet DEQ's Environmental Management Practices. The practices ensure electronics are recycled in a way that protects human health and the environment.
These must be recycled separately: