Note: Before disposing of equipment, be sure that any storage devices have been removed or wiped clean to prevent data theft.DISPOSING OF CERTAIN DEVICESThe following devices are common candidates for disposal, and you should observe proper environmental and safety precautions when disposing of them.Device Disposal MethodsCRT monitorsCRT monitors have a high concentration of lead, which could be a safety hazard if not disposed of properly. Some electronics retailers will accept your CRTs for recycling if you drop them off. If this isn’t possible, you should contact your local sanitation department for instructions. You can also consult the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) eCycle program. CRTs should never be thrown into the garbage.ScannersLike CRTs, some scanners contain toxic materials that, if thrown in the trash, may prove an environmental hazard. Donate the scanner to a manufacturer or retailer or contact a waste management authority.BatteriesManufacturers of alkaline batteries today have largely eliminated mercury from their products, so disposing of these batteries in the trash is safe. Keep in mind that this doesn’t necessarily apply to older batteries, which you may need to dispose of as you would a scanner or CRT. Lithium-ion batteries used in laptops are also typically free of toxic materials and are safe to throw away normally. Due to a lack of cost-effectiveness, these batteries are typically not recycled at this point in time.