Our entire ecosystem is polluted by careless computer disposal. These hazardous materials (lead, metals cadmium mercury and other toxic substances) found in various computer components could have serious consequences for the environment. Monitors are composed of lead in excess of 30 percent. This could amount to up to 4-8 pounds depending on how big the monitor is. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) concern about the potential harm has led them to create a complex computer disposal law – check this out.
As of 2010, EPA still hasn’t set any criteria for computer recycling, however, many other countries have. These include the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France Germany Japan and others. Recycling old and obsolete computer has become a priority for many. Environmental Protection Agency is spreading awareness on the harmful chemicals contained in computers and electronic equipment and on their effects on health and environment. EPA released some guidelines that are important. CRT Monitors under a years old in working condition can be reused after a few changes. EPA is urging manufacturers to have their customers exchange older monitors if purchasing a new one. Such strategies can help decrease pollution.
Dangerous Waste Disposal Laws
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act – RCRA – implements strategies that deal with outdated and old computer component waste as hazardous materials. RCRA advises, for example that recyclers should treat shredded board as hazardous waste and store them in sealed containers. RCRA cautions against it being left in the open, since it could cause serious damage to environmental.