Electronics Recycling of Virginia

E-Waste Facts


Electronic equipment contains toxic materials:

Computer and television monitors
with cathode ray tubes (CRTs) contain four to eight pounds of lead
on average. The EPA has identified electronic products as the largest single source of lead in municipal solid waste.

Printed circuit boards in computers, music players, and other electronic gear contain toxic metals such as chromium, nickel, and zinc.

Batteries may contain nickel and cadnium

Relays, switches, and liquid crystal displays (LCDs) may contain mercury

Plastics used in many electronic products also contain flame retardants that are toxic and persist in the environment.

Very interesting interactive produced by National Geographic

Hazardous Waste: Electronics, Lead, and Landfills http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1247531

National Geographic: High-Tech Trash http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/01/high-tech-trash/carroll-text

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