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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.
Donate: Many electronics can be donated, refurbished and used again. Free Geek is a great local option, just be sure to call in advance to ensure they can accept your e-waste: 503-232-9350. Donations to Free Geek are tax deductible and pickups can be arranged for a small fee.
To remove personal or sensitive information before donating or recycling your electronics,
Contact Oregon E-Cycles for free drop-off locations for
These must be recycled separately: