Your Computer Hardware What Metals Might It Contain

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When thinking about a computer you might think that there is nothing really to it; a bunch of hardware coupled with software that allows you to surf the web in a timely manner depending on the quality of the hardware its composed of, as well as the service that is provided by your internet service provider. What you may not know is what exactly is your computer hardware composed of and what metals it may contain? This question will be answered for you in full via the article written below.

One of the key components of a computer is the computer chip. These chips most commonly include metals such as aluminum, arsenic, palladium, antimony, barium, beryllium, selenium silver, chromium, manganese, cadmium, copper, cobalt, gold, gallium, iron, lead, mercury, platinum, and zinc. So as you can see just the makeup of the microchip itself is complex and thats only listing the metals, not the other materials required such as various plastics.

As computers become obsolete its very important to note that they contain lots of recoverable and recyclable metals from their wires and circuit boards. The metals aluminum, copper, gold, platinum and silver are of the most importance when it comes to harvesting old computers. The older the computer the more of these metals that are involved, as time progresses and newer computers are made they try to limit the amount of these precious metals because of the cost involved without affecting the computers performance, with time this number is sure to decrease further and with the size of computers as well as laptops getting thinner and smaller its inevitable that they will eventually require a very small amount of these precious metals anymore.

So now as youre surfing online checking out the latest sites, remember there is more to your computer then just a plastic shell, it contains a lot of worth even if its not in working condition, and dont simply throw it away and get a new one, use it as an opportunity to reintroduce these metals back into circulation and donate it to a recycling facility. After all recycling helps to reduce our carbon footprint on the world, and by simply junking your computer instead that increases it as the refuse contains deleterious elements such as arsenic, mercury and who can forget sulfur, which will end up in the air we breathe.