There are many options when choosing what to do with an old laptop including recycling, trading it in or donating it. Due to the high level of technology and the speed with which laptops are replaced, the chances of it still being useful to someone is high.
Laptops contain many hazardous materials that, if disposed of improperly, can leach out into the soil and cause environmental contamination. Local waste disposal companies know the proper procedure of recycling electronics. Many laptop manufacturers have a recycling program in place, several of which offer credits toward future purchases. Many schools, churches or other organizations that may not have the funds to purchase their own are glad to receive unwanted laptops.