Waste management is a major issue with millions of computers being disposed of every year. Here are some tips to help the environment.
1. Donate your old working computer to a school or charity. They might be able to keep it going for a bit longer.
2. Give your non working system to a trade or electronic school.
3. Dispose of it thoughtfully to a recycling agent.
What kind of metals are in a computer Motherboard? Check out the chart.
Listed below is a desciption of some of the more critically harmful
substances found in computers
A known Carcinogen. It can cause high blood pressure, iron poor
blood and liver disease. Not the most common product in a
computer but a seriously harmful metal. Most of the cadmium
used in computer is part of the battery. It is essential that
it is disposed of with consideration to the environment.
Mercury is the least used product found in a computer motherboard. However due to the large quantity of these boards being accumlated the mercury can
accumulate and an pose issues regarding health.
Lead has been used for thousands of years. The adverse effect on
human health is well known. It continues to be used because
it is essential in the contruction of modern equipment. Disposal
of this equipment needs to be managed. The results of the
abuse of lead can lead to harmfull effects on human health
and development. Some symptoms are
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/environ/lead-plomb-eng.php#ilThis link transfers to the Wollongong City Council Computer Waste Management
Materials Found In A Ton Of
Random Electronic Board
SOURCE: TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK
World Wildlife Fund Link
Mobile phones are very similar to larger computers, they possess the same chemical elements. The phones are not biodegradeable yet most of the substances inside can be recovered for further productive use. Recycle at your local pick up point like the one listed below to prevent harmful chemical concentrations entering the environment.