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Elements of Surprise: Don't Get Caught Off Guard by E-Waste Contaminants
Jannie Carter, Rosalie Lane, E-Waste Consortium
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Pages / Length: 4
Publication Date: 01/10/2009

When you replace your electronic devices have you ever wondered what happens to unused or discarded items? Essentially, they exist as electronic waste (e-waste). By definition, e-waste is electronic products used for data processing, telecommunications, or entertainment in households and businesses that are outdated, broken, or cannot be fixed. Materials used in these products are often toxic because they are made with harmful chemicals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, brominated flame retardants, and hexavalent chromium. If misused or mishandled, these chemicals can create serious health hazards. Learning about these hazardous substances and how they contaminate our environment and food and water supplies will help prepare you to recycle or to properly dispose of these products.