It is estimated that as many as 45 million computers reach the end of their usefulness each year, prompting a decision on what will be done to dispose of them. Computers contain toxic materials such as lead and mercury that can leech into groundwater, making them unsafe (and illegal in many jurisdictions) to put into a landfill. However, there are several ways in which obsolete computers can be safely recycled.
The easiest way to recycle a computer is by contacting the original manufacturer. Dell and Apple, for example, both have recycling programs. In these programs, the shipping costs are borne by the computer manufacturer, and participation in these programs may entitle the computer owner to a small discount on their next purchase.
If the computer manufacturer is no longer in business, consider whether the old computer may still be useful to someone else. An older computer can be an excellent gift for a child or family member. If this is not an option, consider donating the computer to a local thrift shop. This donation may be tax-deductible. Alternatively, an old computer can be sold to a pawn shop or at a garage sale.
If the computer is so old that it is not desirable for anyone, and the computer manufacturer no longer exists or does not recycle, it will be necessary to contact an electronics recycler. Most local waste management companies are able to direct their customers to organizations that handle the recycling of electronics in an environmentally sound manner.
It can be hard to remember the days before ticketing software became an option for purchasing seats to events––particularly for the current generation, which has practically grown up online. For decades, the only way to obtain tickets for a show, concert, or sporting event was to go to the box office of the event venue and buy them in person. This is a familiar scene in TV shows and movies — the long line of anxious fans camping out to obtain tickets to see their heroes play or perform live, praying that seats don’t sell out before they get to the front of the line.
With the rise of credit cards, purchasing tickets over the phone became possible, thanks particularly to the ticketing agents Ticketmaster. However, even calling to purchase tickets over the phone is quickly becoming an obsolete buying method. The Internet is now an intrinsic part of our lives, and it has become one of the most important places to purchase tickets for a wide range of different events.
There are many benefits to purchasing seats through an online ticketing system. One important benefit is the speed of access. There’s no need to stand in line or to wait until an operator is able to handle your call. The only restriction on how many people can purchase tickets at one time is the amount of traffic that the website’s server can handle. The other big advantage of online ticketing is access to the latest information. Not only can you know if tickets are still available, but you can also see a map of which seats have been taken and the location of available seats.