I told you that our laptop went to "computer heaven"...well, after we got a "diagnosis" and purchased a new laptop, we went back to talk to the tech support guy.
If our old laptop were in better condition, they could've bought it to re-sell, but since it was kaput, he told us about recycling it.
On the underside of the laptop is this mark (see the photo). He explained that since it has this mark the maker will take it back to recycle at no additional cost to us.
You should know that in Japan, most EVERYTHING costs something to recycle.
For our city (Minoo), if the item fits in the proper recycling bags, then it is usually paid for through taxes.
If it doesn't, our city requires us to pay at least 300 yen, up front, for it to be recycled. The bigger the item, the more you pay.
So, we're always looking for places that will take things (at no extra charge) to be recycled. Like if you buy a sofa, will the company you are buying from, dispose of your old sofa at no extra charge...things like that.
If our computer didn't have this mark, then we would've had to pay about 3000 yen to have it recycled.
I like the fact that the maker is going to send me a package to put the laptop into and send it back to themselves at no extra cost to us.
Does it cost a lot for you to recycle where you live?