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Unformatted text preview: Environmental concerns Most of the environmental concerns with computers lie with the monitor, specifically its cathode ray tube (CRT). Each color monitor contains, on average, four to five pounds of lead, considered hazardous waste when disposed of. Computers also contain other hazardous materials, including mercury, cadmium (a known carcinogen), and hexavalent chromium (shown to cause high blood pressure, iron-poor blood, liver disease, and nerve and brain damage in animals). Over 314 million computers were thrown away at the end of 2007, containing 1.2 billion pounds of lead, 2 million pounds of cadmium, 1.2 million pounds of hexavalent chromium, and 400,000 pounds of mercury (Pettifer). Now if our company does not take the correct steps in disposing of these monitors, they will end up in a landfill adding more contamination to the earth. It is our responsibility to dispose of all computer parts in the proper fashion. Another important step when working with computers is to reuse any parts. If there is a fashion....
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- Spring '11