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Many of us will go through more than one computer and other electronic devices over the years.

With the abundance of cheaper products that have shorter life spans, electronic waste (e-waste) is growing three times faster than any other type of waste.

Sending these products to landfill poses a number of problems including the loss of non-renewable resources and risks to our health and environment because of the hazardous substances they contain.

There are a number of ways to re-use and recycle e-waste such as giving your old technology to someone who needs it, like schools and charitable organisations.

If you're disposing of your computer, it's a good idea to remove your private data. Simply deleting this information isn't enough. Look online for reputable disk-erasing tools to help you permanently wipe all traces of personal data.