Unfortunately, discarding of electronics is one of the fastest-growing segments of our nation’s waste. The US alone disposes of over 3.2 million tons of used electronics every year. Approximately 70% of the heavy metals found in landfills come from electronic equipment discards.
Electronics contain dozens of metals and compounds in very small quantities, including some that are commonly known, such as tin, barium, nickel, titanium, cobalt, gold, silver, and platinum; and those that are not so commonly known such as ruthenium, palladium, niobium, and rhodium.
Heavy metals and compounds that are known to be dangerous or poisonous, include cadmium, chromium, mercury, and arsenic. The plastics used in electronics also contain harmful substances. Once discarded in a landfill or illegally disposed of, electronics can be crushed or damaged, releasing metals and other toxins into the environment.
Did you know that most monitors contain 5-7 pounds of lead in each one? E-cycling keeps the metals, compounds, components, and plastics out of our waste stream and in our recycling stream where they belong. Be sure to check our fees by clicking here.
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|Computer hard drives (towers), Keyboards, Input devices, Scanners, Video/Surveillance cameras, Fax machines, Stereos, DVD players, CD players, VCRs, Cordless phones, Cell Phones, Speakers, Glucose meters, Digital cameras, Projectors, etc.|