Many electronic items contain components that can cause environmental damage when thrown in the landfill. Circuit boards contain metals like cadmium, antimony, and lead. Mercury is present in switches and lamps of many photocopiers, scanners, and fax machines. Large amounts of lead can also be found in monitors and TV glass. Plastic computer casings can have brominated and chlorinated flame retardants that can release toxic chemicals when incinerated. The ever-increasing amount of obsolete electronic equipment poses a real problem for solid waste management.

Need to recycle your old electronics? Visit RCBC’s Recyclepedia for drop-off options or contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline for all options available in your community.

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