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Posted by: natalie on 12/5/03 Title: risks of improper computer disposal?
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I need toknow the enviromental risk, the societal risks nad the economic risks of improper computer disposal of computers??????????????????????????????please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by: Editor on 12/5/03 Title: Re: risks of improper computer disposal?
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There are recent articles on this topic in our "Enviro Topics" section under "Waste Management / Recycling" - "Other Related Articles / Information"

http://www.canadianenvironmental.com/envirotopics

Posted by: Kevin James on 12/31/03 Title: Re: risks of improper computer disposal?
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Your question needs to be broken down into several parts. Societal Risk, Economic Risk and Environmental Risk. Societal Risk, can be categorized as what we do today that downplays e-Waste as an issue. Today Environment Canada does not see e-Waste as a risk - so we do little to educate the public about these risks. The harmful leachate chemicals are inside the lead, mercury, antimony (flame retardant)and plastics. The US EPA regards 5 ppm/gallon of lead leachate as the acceptable level. A recent study the the University of Florida puts the monitor leachate at 18.5 to 22 ppm/gallon. Hence California and Massechucetts have banned monitors from landfill. Society should be aware and making every effort to change legislature to mirror this in Canada. The other risk is through the recycling of the computers through the Horne Noranda Facility and the issue with the heavy metal particles that are added to the air. more research is required on this to ensure society is not at risk. Long term economic risks need to be broken down into two categories, one is the landfill clean up risks, and the other is human resource costs from (see the Basel web site)from the pollutants from the recycling activities. Demanufacturing activities and refining activities. New landfill site liners are guaranteed for 50 years - but who is going to pay for cleanup on the 51st year. Burnt heavy metals have been linked to child developmental issues, acid rain, some cancers, and kidney problems. Linked via some studies but not supported by any current lawsuits nor legistlature. Environmental risks are several fold in terms of leachate from the e-Waste as well as the byproduct heavy metal additives to the atmosphere. We believe the first one we should deal with is the lead in monitors. Almost half of the weight in all CRT monitors is lead. Not good to breathe and certainly not good in the water table.

Every councillor, mayor, and parliament member needs to get a copy of the impacts this is making and the white papers that have helped California see the light.

Posted by: Barry @ SKR on 1/22/04 Title: Re: risks of improper computer disposal?
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Disposal of electronics has already taken its toll on environments no where near the source of the contamination. First world countries have been shipping electronic waste to 3rd world countries for years, and the improper dismantling of the material already has caused contamination of our oceans, with the currents weather patterns shifting the material as far north & south the Earth's polar regions. Little is untouched by humankind's pollution, and if there isn't an area that hasn't been touched, it soon will be. It is already a worldwide problem, and we are only seeing the more minor results....with electronic wastes still hitting landfills & being shipped to where there is less or no regulation on how it is handled, dismantled & wastes form those processes are disposed of, contamination is doing nothing but increasing. Politicians are not quick movers when little pressure is put on them to create useful, enforcable legislation with 'teeth' that deals with disposal of potentially hazzardous material. Companies have been slow to take responsibility for the materials they manufacture, have helped to create our disposable society, and cater to it more & more. We want cheap products, and some are so cheap now that it makes no sense to get them repaired. You paid $50 for your DVD player, & when it breaks down it is going to cost $65 to get it fixed. It is a 'no brainer' that you just go out & buy a new one, but the old one will add to our problem. There have been advances in dealing with wastes, but the wastes are being created at a quicker pace than the technology is being developed to deal with them. I shudder to think what will happen when/if nano-technology is commonplace in our electronics and other products, and those objects & waste materials are disposed on in landfills at the ends of the objects' lives. Even if there are laws in place to deal with their disposal, you can be sure that there will be people that will get around the laws, or simply not give a darn about the laws.

Posted by: Anna on 2/24/04 Title: Re: risks of improper computer disposal?
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try www.svtc.org

Posted by: Tayo on 3/23/04 Title: Re: risks of improper computer disposal?
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Why do we dispose in the first place? There is need to deetermine the uses these 'outgoing' technology can be put. It makes no sense to landfill. It is just that the manufaturing companies are not bothered about the effect of their products at the end of the product's life. They should put more effort into researching what new uses there techs can be put to. But the consolation is in the fact that what goes around comes around. If the thot that shipping these things to the third world will reduce the contamination in the first world, then note that the atmosphere is not separated by terminologies.

Posted by: David Moreau on 10/13/04 Title: Re: risks of improper computer disposal?
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What about Lcd monitors? What are the associated enviromental risks with it.

Posted by: William Lau on 11/19/04 Title: Re: risks of improper computer disposal?
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SGS Hong Kong Ltd.Editor wrote:-------------------------------There are recent articles on this topic in our


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