Laptops are ubiquitous, but like most consumer electronics, they have a failing - they quite simply, fail. The 'normal' thing to do, is to take the memory out and simply throw out the rest - I find this notion horribly wasteful.
From experience, when I handed over a laptop to a scrap metal merchant, they gave me some money (by weight) and alluded to the fact that there are some valuable and useful parts that can be retrieved economically. This also suggests a sustainable recycling of the parts of the machine.
Other than the battery, what else can be retrieved from a broken laptop? and how?