E-waste (computers, batteries, phones etc) is being sent to landfill at a rate 3x faster than any other type of waste in Australia. Highly toxic substances like lead and mercury can leach from the waste into soil and groundwater making it a significant risk to environmental and human health. You can minimise your e-waste by repairing instead of replacing when things start to break - my work computer is about 5 years old and is so slow that sometimes it just… turns itself off. Not ideal. I won’t pretend to know anything about computers but essentially an IT wizard is taking it away overnight, working some magic (new hard drive + general ‘clean up’ + I tuned out after this point) then bringing it back to me. Hopefully this will get the computer back to functioning well for some years to come. When you do purchase electronic goods make sure you go for quality over quantity, consider leasing equipment if you love having all the up to date technology, and look into organisations in your area that safely recycle/refurbish e-waste when you want to dispose of something.