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Health Focus: Hazardous Toxins in Electronics

We all use computers, printers, cell phones, DVD players and TVs, but did you know that these electronics could be harmful to our health? Mercury, lead, barium, chromium and cadmium are just a few of the hazardous and toxic elements found in our electronics.

With over 315 million obsolete personal computers and with over six pounds of lead within each monitor, how do we prevent exposure to these harmful toxins? The answer lies within how we dispose of our old electronics and prevent these toxins from leaking into the environment.

One solution is to use Staples Nationwide Computer and Office Technology Recycling Program. The Company is working with Amandi Services to accept and recycle any electronic drop-offs for a minimal handling charge of $10 per item.

No matter what you choose to do with your old electronics, do not disassemble them yourself. This will only expose you to the harmful elements locked inside.

A select list of toxins found in electronics:
Can cause intestinal illness or muscular weakness
Can cause damage to the bones or cause cancer
Can cause kidney, liver, bone, and blood damage
Hexavalent chromium
Can cause liver, kidney, and nerve tissue damage
Can cause vascular and kidney disease or brain disorders in children
Can cause kidney damage

Can irritate skin and eyes

Brominated flame retardants (BFRs)
Can disrupt the endocrine system