How toxic is e-waste?

Electronic Waste shortly known as e-waste is extremely toxic and shows some devastating consequences on human lives. That’s due to the fact that it contains poisonous substances such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium and brominated flame retardants.

When the above said materials are burnt at low temperatures they create additional toxins such as halogenated dioxins and furans which are extremely dangerous to mankind.

The toxic materials in electronics can cause cancer, reproductive disorders, endocrine disruption, and many other health problems if this waste steam is not properly managed.

Below is a list of health hazards which an e-waste could generate

  • Exposure to lead is toxic to kidneys, and affects nervous and reproductive systems. Children’s mental development can be impaired by low-level exposure to lead.
  • When burned, PVC produces dioxins, some of the most hazardous carcinogens known to humankind.
  • Brominated flame retardants have been linked to fetal damage and thyroid problems.
  • Barium produces brain swelling after a short exposure. It may cause weakness in muscles as well as heart, liver and spleen damage.
  • Hexavalent chromium damages kidneys, the liver and has the potential to shrink DNA. Asthmatic Bronchitis has been linked to this substance.
  • Mercury is already a known toxic substance and has the potential to harm developing fetuses. It can also damage the brain and kidneys of those exposed to it.
  • Beryllium causes acute or chronic beryllium disease, a deadly ailment affecting the lungs.
  • Cadmium is a carcinogen and long term exposure to this substance can lead to kidney and bone damage.

Laptops, PCs, tablets, phablets and other computing devices contain a meager amount of the said toxics. When they meet their end of life, people simply throw them into rivers, or burns them irresponsibly in open spaces. Imagine if tones of e-waste is either dumped into the river or is burnt in open spaces. All the toxics will not only affect our humans, but will also show deadly affect on flora and fauna.

Hence, be responsible and handover your electronic waste to responsible EPA approved e-waste recyclers who are active in your area.

DNF Recycling, a business unit of DNF Corporation has proven as an electronic recycler and asset management company from more than a decade or so. The company’s objective is to mainly focus on technology disposal and offer to its customers a hassle-free experience.

DNF offers a one-stop solution for recycling your old equipment through hassle free 5 step process.

  1. DNF Recycling Services will arrange for pickup and transportation of the equipment to their office premises. Typically there is no fee associated with the pickup and removal of equipment. However, the distance of travel is currently limited to the state of California. If travelling is required outside of California, please call in advance at 510.962.5012 and ask for details.
  2. After picking up and transporting the discarded electronic equipment to their facility, a detailed inventor and assessment of the equipment is done and a report is generated and is provided to the related customer at no cost.
  3. Then each unit will carefully disassembled and parts will be sorted based upon their recyclable properties and whether or not they contain hazardous properties. This process is performed with full compliance from US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and clients.
  4. If the client provides hard disks and want the disposing process to be done in a responsible way, then DNF will erase the data from the drives using one of the three methods. The first method will be to write 0s and 1s to the drive which permanently erases traces of any data. The second method is drilling holes into the hard drive platters in such a manner that prevents further access to the platters. The third method involves sanding the platters using an industrial sandler. This is the most proven method to get the data out of the drives. All this is done for a nominal fee.
  5. The main highlight is that, DNF Recycling offers to its customers a credit for buying new components or electronics. However, the credit will depend on many factors lined-up in parallel with the benchmarks of DNF.

To know more details on what your e-waste can earn for you call 510.962.5012 or click on DNF Recycling web page.


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