Electronic waste is a problem… Now that we have reached high levels of technological innovation, dumping in landfills is no longer a viable option. Much of the electronics we use today contain toxic metals such as beryllium, lead, mercury, PVC, and more. EPA classifies all electronic waste as toxic waste, if your business is caught dumping electronics in the landfill they will impose fines or remediation programs. In 2002 California’s universal waste law prohibits disposal of electronics in landfills.

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What toxic substances are found in our electronics?

Substance

Occurrence in e-waste

Halogenated compounds:

- PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls)

Condensers, Transformers

- TBBA (tetrabromo-bisphenol-A)
- PBB (polybrominated biphenyls)
- PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ethers)

Fire retardants for plastics (thermoplastic components, cable insulation)
TBBA is presently the most widely used flame retardant in printed wiring boards and casings.

- Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)

Cooling unit, Insulation foam

- PVC (polyvinyl chloride)

Cable insulation

Heavy metals and other metals:

- Arsenic

Small quantities in the form of gallium arsenide within light emitting diodes

- Barium

Getters in CRT

- Beryllium

Power supply boxes which contain silicon controlled rectifiers and x-ray lenses

- Cadmium

Rechargeable NiCd-batteries, fluorescent layer (CRT screens), printer inks and toners, photocopying-machines (printer drums)

- Chromium VI

Data tapes, floppy-disks

- Lead

CRT screens, batteries, printed wiring boards

- Lithium

Li-batteries

- Mercury

Fluorescent lamps that provide backlighting in LCDs, in some alkaline batteries and mercury wetted switches

- Nickel

Rechargeable NiCd-batteries or NiMH-batteries, electron gun in CRT

- Rare Earth elements (Yttrium, Europium)

Fluorescent layer (CRT-screen)

- Selenium

Older photocopying-machines (photo drums)

- Zinc sulphide

Interior of CRT screens, mixed with rare earth metals

Others:

- Toner Dust

Toner cartridges for laser printers / copiers

Radio-active substances
- Americium

Medical equipment, fire detectors, active sensing element in smoke detectors

Source: ewasteguide.info

To learn more about the “Electronic Waste Recycling Act” please visit this website:

http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/HazardousWaste/EWaste/MoreInfo.cfm#Electronic_Waste_Recycling_Act