Even though youve had that monitor sitting unplugged

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Even though you've had that monitor sitting unplugged in the closet for six months, there's a capacitor inside that retains a very hefty AC charge. Up to 20,000 volts. Don't take your old monitorsand just throw them in the garbage. It's probably illegal where you live and it's not a good idea to throw them in the landfill. Check with your local city offices to see where you can take old monitors. PC Systems 2:39-3:57 The disposal of old PC systems is another environmental concern. One of the great ironies of the modern information age is the fact that this PC system that you bought a year ago for $3,000 might be worth about $25 today. As a PC support tech, you're probably going to find yourself throwing away a lot of old PC systems,but don't just throw them in the trash. As with batteries and monitors, it's probably illegal to throw the PC system in the common trash. Besides, the power supply in the PC system should be discharged and recycled.
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The good news is that with a PC system, there's a lot of precious metals inside. There are companies around that recycle these systems to extract the gold and the silver and other precious metals that are inside the PC. They'll pay you, not much money, to give them your system so they can pull the metal out of them. Most PC systems have about $5 to $20 worth of precious metals. Check with your local environmental management office to find out what the laws are regarding disposal of your old PC. Ask them if there is a recycler around who will take your old system and extract the valuable metals out of it and will dispose of the rest in a manner that meets local laws. Printer Cartridges 3:58-4:36 Another environment issue is printer cartridges. Printer cartridges go dry or run out of toner and if your organization has a lot of printer cartridges, you're going to have a stack of old ones in a very short time. In most communities, these empty printer cartridges should be recycled. Also, most manufacturers accept the empty cartridges back from you, refill them and then resell them. This reduces landfill waste, provides the manufacturer with a cheap source of empty cartridgesand provides you with a source for less expensive printer cartridges. You can usually purchase a recycled printer cartridge for about half the price of a brand new one. Cleaning Solutions 4:37-5:05 The last thing we're going to talk about are cleaning solutions. As a PC technician, you may not work with a lot of different types of cleaning solutions. However, you'll probably work with denatured alcohol a lot. Denatured alcohol is a great solvent for cleaning computer components and cases. In most communities, it's against the law to pour denatured alcohol down the drain. Make sure you can consult the MSDS for proper handling, storage and disposal of each product you work with.
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