Harmful Components in Electronics Are Removed By E-Green Recycling Management
Basic information on Hazardous Chemicals in Electronic Devices:
Believe it or not, every electronic device is made up of more than several hundred different parts and materials; a cell phone alone can range from five hundred pieces to one thousand pieces, and many of these components are very toxic. Most of these materials are heavy metals such as beryllium, cadmium, mercury and lead as well as chemicals such as flame retardants that are brominated and what is known as polluting PVC plastic. These materials that are so dangerous put the workers at risk when they are being made, just like when they are thrown out. One of the biggest concerns is the exposure of mercury to young children and pregnant women. This is a major concern because even low levels of exposure can cause harm. Philip L. Fava, Managing Member of E-Green Recycling Management, reiterates this danger when he states: “…in an era of rapidly expanding technological machinery and capabilities, the amount of waste being produced is steadily reaching an all-time high.”
A breakdown of what the hazardous chemicals are and do:
Below is information on the most common harmful materials used in the making of electronic devices, and how they are harmful. This information is meant to help consumers have a better understanding of what they actually have and if it is good or not. Knowing all of this is meant to inspire people to do more when it comes to their health as well as the environment.
- Brominated flame retardants – Normally found in plastic casings or in circuit boards, they do not break down easily and are usually just building up within the environment. Exposure to this long term can cause memory functions and learning to become impaired. It can also mess with the thyroid system and the estrogen hormone system.
- Lead – Most commonly found in CRTs, Cathode Ray Tubes that are in monitors, each one of them contains tens of thousands of tons of lead. Exposure to lead results in children being intellectually impaired and can also mess with the blood system, the reproductive system and the nervous system in adults.
- Cadmium – You can find this in computer batteries that are rechargeable. It is highly toxic to the environment as well as the bones and kidneys in people.
- Mercury – This material is mainly used in devices that are flat screens for lighting; it can damage the central nervous system and the brain, more so in the stages of early development than anything else.
- Hexavalent Chromium – Pretty much only used in the making of homes that are made of metal, it is very toxic to people.
- (PVC) Polyvinyl Chloride –This is a plastic that is chlorinated, and it is used in some electronic products, but mainly on the cables and wires. When this material is made, it releases chlorinated dioxins as well as furans which are very harmful to people and the environment, even in small amounts. You can be exposed to it when it is being made or when it is being disposed of by the process of incineration which is where they burn everything to get rid of it.
The harm being done by these toxic materials to the environment can seem overwhelming, but there is hope. Companies like E-Green Recycling Management have made it their mission to make the planet a cleaner and greener place. “When e-Green Recycling Management collects e-waste and adheres to a responsible recycling process by determining whether it can be repurposed, reused, and refurbished, the toxic materials contained in these products are removed from the waste stream, thereby eliminating their risk to our environment,” explains Philip L. Fava, Managing Member. Practices such as this will help harmful components in electronics to stay out of our environment, making the earth cleaner and safer for everyone.
Gareth Amon, CEO and Founder of FreeRecyclingQuotes.com, a company that works with E-Green Recycling Management, states that: “E-Green Recycling Management is becoming more and more connected to the communities in which they operate. As people become more environmentally conscious, they turn to E-Green Recycling Management to provide information on the best practices for recycling. As we make recycling more social, it becomes a social responsibility, and we are doing our best to promote recycling companies to the social communities in which they operate,” added Mr. Amon.
For more information on e-waste recycling in NY contact:
Company Name: E-Green Recycling Management, LLC
Address: 140 Corporate Drive
Phone: (631) 277-4283
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