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Quiz: Recycling electronic equipment

Get with the program! The recycling of electronics is only going to get more important going forward. Take our quiz to find out how much you know about e-cycling and related terms.

1. How many computers were replaced, worldwide, in the years between 2004-2006?
a. 1-2 million
b. 4-6 million
c. 7-8 million
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2. When you delete a file from your hard drive, can its data still be accessed?
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3. To provide a minimal level of security, what process should the average user perform before recycling their computer? Hint: It will make the user's data harder to access, because it essentially erases everything from the hard drive.
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4. This is a device that physically destroys a hard drive to make absolutely sure that data cannot be accessed. What is it?
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5. Toxic substances lurk inside many computers. Which of the following is commonly found?
a. lead
b. mercury
c. cobalt
d. all of the above
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6. The EPA has established a disposal limit for hazardous waste, including computer equipment. What is that limit?
a. 50 kilograms, the equivalent of 2-3 RAID arrays
b. 100 kilograms, the equivalent of 4-6 RAID arrays
c. 150 kilograms, the equivalent of 6-9 RAID arrays
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7. This term means to renew or restore to a new condition and/or appearance. In computers, it usually refers to fixing or replacing components that don't work. What is it?
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8. This is the practice of looking for discarded treasure, such as computer components and personal information, in large trash containers. What is it?
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9. In a court of law, this is the application of computer investigation and analysis techniques to recover evidence from a computer's hard drive. What is it?
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10. This describes the environmentally unfriendly process of losing your temper and discarding hardware, such as a cell phone, by violent means, such as hurling it out a window, against a wall, or into a body of water. What is it?
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This was last updated in July 2008

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