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Know The Reasons why Should Recycle Your Old Computer

There are lot of useful things inside your desktop computer beside hard disk drives, motherboard and RAM etc. There are substances like Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury and other precious metals in your computer which can be both useful and harmful depending on how they are treated. If they are not treated properly, they can prove to be a serious hazard to the environment. Thus, understanding the importance of computer recycling becomes inevitable.

These substances and metals are not harmful till your IT equipment is in use. Problem starts when your computers get old and you are looking to get rid of them. Simply throwing them in the trash is not the solution to this problem. These substances can pose a serious threat to our health and environment if they are not disposed or recycled properly. Although there are many precious metals that can be found inside your desktop computer but the prominent ones are discussed below so that you may know about their potential hazards.

Cadmium

Cadmium is used commonly used in printed circuit boards. This means that all circuit components of your computer including motherboard, RAM or any other circuitry have cadmium present in them. If Cadmium is not disposed properly, it can easily react with the air and cause breathing problems contributing to lung diseases and other respiratory problems.

Lead

Lead is found in solder used to assemble to printed circuit boards. It is also found in glass of your monitor screen. This again implies that lead is present in large quantities in your computer machine and can cause serious health problems if not disposed properly. It can increase the soil toxicity and hence can mix in your daily food items such as vegetables and fruits. This, in result, can badly affect your nervous system and vital body organs and tissues.

Mercury

Mercury is used in various components of your computer along with LCD screens etc. Now Mercury may not be present in large quantities in your computer system but can still cause a few health problems if not recycled or disposed properly. A slight amount of Mercury can damage your brain and central nervous system. Mercury, in vapour form, can cause high blood pressure and respiratory problems.

All these hazards, explained in detail above, can be a serious threat to our environment. We all know how important it is to protect and make our environment pollution free. Therefore, if you do not know how your old IT equipment can be recycled, then it is time that you know the facts.

Computer recycling must be done to your old computers and other IT related equipment so that environment can be more sustainable for future generations. Metallic substances present in your desktop computers can be a threat if not recycled or disposed properly. Eco Green IT offers eco-friendly computer recycling and IT disposal services so that you can make an informed choice when you are about to recycle your old desktop computers.