Friday, January 2, 2009

Toxic Electronic Waste

Old electronics devices may be recycled because contain valuable materials that can be reclaimed. However, they also contain poisonous substances that should be kept away from people and out of the environment. Many people don't realize that their television sets and computers are veritable compendiums of the periodic table. Reasonably, as technology advances, consumers need the latest and greatest electronics. Consequently, more and more e-waste is created every year. Hazardous materials are found inside most consumer electronics, including computer CPUs and monitors, keyboards, power supplies, TVs, cellphones, etc. Take an instance, Color cathode ray tubes (CRTs), found in older TVs and computer monitors. They contain some pounds of lead. The poisonous metal mercury is also used in their circuit boards. Other toxic materials found may include chromium, cadmium, zinc, and brominated flame retardants.

How can we safely dispose of old electronics? Earth is no wasteland. As the problem of e-waste develops, we can support those manufacturers that are searching for ways to reduce its hazard. Fujitsu for example now offers a biodegradable plastic laptop case, which can degrade in just a few months. Plus, the process of manufacturing this plastic produces fewer carbon emissions than for standard petroleum-based plastics. Many electronics dealers provide "End-Of-Life" asset management services and trade-in programs, in which they are willing to take back old products. Many cellphone manufacturers now recycle both handsets and batteries. Many non-profit organizations and schools also take working computers as giveaways.

Regarding those reducing, reusing and recycling issues, we may ask: What exactly is recycling? By way of an illustration this thing maybe clear. Is company involved in glass production, using recovered or recycled glass, a glass manufacturer or a glass recycler? It would be great for everyone if manufacturers try to make a safer process. There are so many alternatives significantly reduces those electronic waste pollution. The reduction of hazardous electronic waste can have dramatic effects on improving human health and protecting the environment.

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