Electronic Waste Environmental Effects

E-Waste Poses a Very Real Environmental Threat -Recycling Your Wireless Cell Phones, PDA's, Pagers and Digital Cameras Can Help Protect the Earth

Studies have consistently shown that electronic waste from devices like mobile phones, PDA's and digital cameras contains toxins that are damaging to our environment. That is why recycling charity donations are so important. When you donate your cell phone, you are helping to keep toxic elements out of landfills. Consider the harm you are averting when you donate cell phones to charity:

Element

Use in Wireless Technology

Harmful Effects

Lead

Used primarily in soldering of
circuit boards and other device components

 

 

Extremely harmful to the human body; damages both the central and peripheral nervous systems; can cause seizures, retardation, high blood pressure, damage to the kidneys and liver; adversely affects child development

Beryllium

Forms significant portions of electrical connectors and
battery contacts

Long term exposure can be carcinogenic, especially for the lungs. Extreme exposure can lead to a potentially fatal condition known as Acute Beryllium Disease

Arsenic

Used in some integrated circuits
and semiconductors

Arsenic is a notoriously potent poison; causes severe damage to the digestive tract

Mercury

Can be found to a degree in
batteries and circuit boards

Attacks the central nervous and endocrine systems; harmful to mouth, teeth and gums; poses risk in the neurological development of unborn fetuses

Antimony

Used in production of diodes
and batteries. Pure form used
in semiconductor production

Toxic to humans in ways similar to arsenic; fatal in large doses

Cadmium

Used in soldering, semiconductors and chip resistors

Potentially carcinogenic; Repeated exposure can damage the lungs, kidneys and liver

The potential dangers are obvious. Recycling for Charities is committed to preventing such hazards from contaminating the environment. Through our fundraising recycling programs and the help you provide when you donate your old wireless phones, PDA's, Palm Pilots and digital cameras, we can combat this problem and preserve our environment for future generations. Get started recycling for charities today! It is free, easy and rewarding.