In the United States alone, 2.21 million tons of electronic waste were produced in 2000, including 916,900 tons of information products. These old, unwanted electronic assets include desktop PCs, laptops, monitors, printers, fax machines, digital copiers, scanners, keyboards, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, PDAs, beepers, iPods, cell phones, and numerous other devices.
More than a thousand metals, plastics, and chemicals are used to make electronic products and their components. About 40% of the heavy metals in landfills come from discarded electronic equipment. For example, the cathode ray tubes (CRTs) used in computer monitors contain several pounds of lead per tube. CRT monitors contain the highest concentration of HAZMAT materials of any e-waste item.
When electronic products are improperly dumped in a landfill or incinerated, many of these compounds – including lead, mercury, cadmium, barium, and flame retardants – can pose obvious health/environmental hazards.
Regardless of current legislation in effect and pending, corporate America has a duty to responsibly handling the end of life disposal of the equipment their demand and use has generated. It is not just a coming mandate, it is good ecological stewardship.
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