See page 276 for sidebar on How to Donate your Computer Safely.
Mercury in screens, cadmium in batteries and circuit boards, flame retardant in plastic and lead in monitors are all toxic. (Do not use monitors as boat anchors). See Manufactured Landscapes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67j7JlEZzpQ
Take your old computers to a recycling centre. http://www.era.ca
Make sure you reformat your hard drive to prevent identity theft.
Manufactured Landscapes (Jennifer Baichwal, 2006) 90 minutes http://www.playbackmag.com/articles/magazine/19980907/22971.html Best Documentary – 2007 Genie Awards Best Canadian Film – Toronto International Film Festival Best Canadian Film & Best Documentary - Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Nominated for Grand Jury Prize- Sundance 2007 Edward Burtynsky is internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of nature transformed by industry. Manufactured Landscapes follows Burtynsky to China, as he captures the effects of the country’s massive industrial revolution. This film leads us to meditate on human endeavour and its impact on the planet.