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It is important to ensure that equipment and hazardous chemicals are disposed of properly.

  • Consult the manufacturer's documentation for recommended solutions for equipment disposal.
  • Consult the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for information on physical data, toxicity, health effects, first aid, storage, disposal, and spill procedures for disposal of hazardous chemicals. You can download these safety data sheets from the manufacturer's Web site, or check with a representative of that company.

The following table offers suggestions for disposing of used equipment:

Component or Material Disposal Method
Alkaline batteries Recycle if possible, otherwise dispose of in the regular trash.
Notebook battery packs
Button batteries
Considered hazardous waste. Return to manufacturer, recycle, or contact local authorities for disposal procedures.
Monitor Contact local authorities. CRTs contain many toxic and caustic substances that are illegal to incinerate and must be encased in cement before being buried. Also, discharge before disposal (CRTs can contain high voltages.).
Power supply Contact local authorities. Discharge before disposal (contains high voltages).
PC system Contact local authorities. Recycle if possible: the typical PC contains $5 to $25 worth of precious metals.
Laser printer toner Return to manufacturer for recycling (to clean up spills, use a toner vacuum or a scoop and a damp cloth; never use a regular vacuum).
Ink-jet printer cartridges Consult with local authorities for recycling possibilities.
Cleaning solutions and solvents Consult the MSDS, a licensed disposal organization, or local authorities for handling and authorized disposal procedures.