In many places it is illegal to throw away your old electronic devices because they contain significant amounts of hazardous chemicals, and because they are clogging landfills. For example, the picture tube in a TV or a computer monitor typically contains 3 to 5 pounds of lead, and electronic circuit boards have additional lead, cadmium and mercury.
To find out where to recycle such items, contact a recycler on the list of businesses in the Google search below. There is often a fee and certain types of devices are not accepted.
An estimated 1,600 computers become obsolete in the state of Washington alone every day.
Twenty percent of the weight in the glass of a computer monitor is lead.
Computers and other e-waste account for 70 percent of heavy metals, including toxic mercury and cadmium, in U.S. landfills.
As much as 80 percent of e-waste from this country is shipped to developing nations in Asia.