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PCs4Vets program has an environmental factor of possible significance due to the amount of toxic waste that will be eliminated through donating computers instead of recycling and or other methods of disposal*. In the five year span from 2005 to 2010, it is estimated that PC sales will reach 1.3 billion units, or nearly as many as the first three decades since the PC was introduced to the market. Between 1997 and 2007, nearly 500 million personal computers became obsolete. That is almost two computers for each person in the U.S. Just one monitor contains 4 pounds of lead and other poison material
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BELOW ARE HAZARDOUS WASTE MATERIALS CONTAINED IN COMPUTERS
1: Lead in cathode ray tube and solder
2: Arsenic in older cathode ray tubes
5: Antimony trioxide as flame retardant
4: Polybrominated flame retardants in plastic casings, cables and circuit boards
3: Selenium in circuit boards as power supply rectifier
6: Cadmium in circuit boards and semiconductors
7: Chromium in steel as corrosion protection
8: Cobalt in steel for structure and magnetivity
9: Mercury in switches and housing
EPA studies determined that before lead acid batteries were banned from landfills, consumer electronics contributed 27% of all lead in municipal solid waste. Furthermore, after lead acid batteries were removed from the waste stream, consumer electronics accounted for 75% of lead in MSW, but composed less than 1% of the waste stream. Hence, by diverting a small portion of the waste stream, landfills can accomplish significant levels of heavy metal abatement.
A computer contains significant levels of hazardous wastes. In approximate descending order, these contaminants are lead, cadmium, zinc, copper, chromium, mercury, manganese, antimony, arsenic, nickel, trichloroethanes, and PCB’s.
FEDERAL regulations limit the max acceptable leachate levels for lead at 5 ppm. Moreover, CRT’s are 20% lead oxide by weight. Testing by many sources on computers reveals average lead concentrations of greater than 100 PPM with a min. of 30 ppm.
EPA studies determined that consumer electronics accounted for 75% of lead in MSW, but composed less than 1% of the waste stream.
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