Toxins in Computers

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I wanted to have this list of the unhealthy stuff contained in computers be public. Perhaps eventually, the list could go onto a "Why Recycle?" web page on our site.

  • Barium (CRT): Intestinal illness, muscular weakness
  • Beryllium (electronics): Can damge bones, cause cancer
  • Cadmium (batteries and circuit boards): Kidney, liver, bone, and blood damage
  • Hexavalent chromium (steel): liver, kidney, nerve tissues
  • Lead (CRT, circuit boards): Vascular and kidney disease, brain disorders in young children
  • Mercury (LCD, flat panel displays, batteries): kidney damage
  • Phosphorus (CRT): skin, eye, and stomach irritation
  • Brominated flame retardants (plastics, cables, CRTs): endocrine disruptor, neurotoxin
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Toner(Laser printers, fax machines) Lung irritant and possible carcinogen

The following are links to info about e-waste: