Compaq's resource recovery facility (RRF) ISO 14001 certified in 1996, employs a workforce consisting of 40% contract workers to recover recyclable parts from computers and other electronic equipment from defective, obsolete or returned items. Of the 31 metric tons of defective, obsolete or returned items processed per day only 1% has to be ultimately disposed of in landfills. Hazardous materials handled include batteries and ink but often unfamiliar materials are encountered, in these cases t...

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