Computers (and electronics in general) contain quite a lot of what is referred to as 'Focus Materials'. In short, these are the polluting pieces. Of course most things can be polluting if just discarded; think plastic water bottles in the ocean but Focus Materials are different because they are toxic.
The R2 (Responsible Recycling) standard places special emphasis on Focus Materials. These include batteries, circuit boards, lead or mercury containing items and toner powder. These have to be shipped to specialist and accredited 'downstream vendors'. All of our vendors have themselves been audited to the R2 standards as have their downstream vendors.
As shown above, computers take many forms - PC's, laptops, tablets, servers and mainframes to name a few. A game console is a computer too.
R3Ewaste specializes in refurbishing computers which meet our strict standards. Ones that fail this standard have all focus material removed and are then shipped to a named R2 certified downstream vendor. They will shred the units and separate the copper, steel, plastic and other commodities.