Old computers pose e-waste problem

We all know how to get rid of old files on our computers by sending them to the recycling bin. But what about getting rid of our old computers themselves? That’s the issue raised in a recent article in The Baltimore Sun which notes that with technology spawning faster and cheaper computers every few years, so-called “e-waste” could soon become a problem of megabyte proportions. Especially concerning is that thousands of discarded monitors contain tons of toxic lead necessary to shield users from radiation. And when you consider as many as 600 million computers in the U.S. are obsolete, and could be headed to landfills, it’s easy to see why more electronic recycling will be needed quite soon.

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