Computer equipment can contain dangerous products such as lead, beryllium, mercury, cadmium and lithium. These substances finding their way into our landfills can poison our soil, seep into our water sources, and harm our environment.
When you think about hazardous materials handling, you may think about people who work at chemical companies or nuclear power plants. But IT professionals work every day with equipment that contains toxic materials. That’s why disposing of old computer and electronics equipment can be a challenge.
To protect yourself and others from exposure to potentially dangerous substances, and to avoid liability for violating environmental regulations, you need to know about the risks posed by various devices and supplies and how to minimize those risks.