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There are several health issues associated with the toxins found in the electronic waste generated by obsolete computers and other electronic equipment. A report by Environmental Media Services (2003) stated that electronic products often contain hazardous materials, including lead, Mercury, arsenic, and cadmium.

Computer Monitors contain 6.3% lead and an EPA study showed that 40% of the lead in US landfills is from discarded electronic products. Lead that accumulates in the environment has highly acute and chronic toxic effects on plants, animals and microorganisms

Cadmium and mercury, toxic e-waste components, pose a risk of irreversible health effects in humans.

Electronic scrap from the US is shipped to such countries as China, Pakistan, and India, where recycling is done by hand with no protective gear. The drinking water becomes contaminated as a result of glass and cathode ray tubes (which contain lead) being pushed into the rivers.

When laborers in these countries incinerate the waste with no protective equipment or clothing, they inhale the polluted air and become physically weak as a result.

At the current rate of computer obsolescence, there will be over 300 million tons of e-waste on this planet. Less than 40% of it is being recycled.

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They cause pollutions. There are a lot of hazardous materials in the e-waste. Sometimes it goes to the poor countries.

The problem of pollutions is that people or any other organisms may breathe the polluted air and it can cause a disease to our body.

And the problem of e-waste going to the poor countries are because people living there get some valuable pieces such as plastics from the e-waste. As I said above there are a lot of harmful toxic in there. So People doing that is getting a little money and getting a lot of diseases.

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A main disadvantage of e-waste is the fact that it is not often actually recycled. It is shipped to other countries to decompose.

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what are the problems caused by e-waste?

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global warming for one and the poisoning of our water suply

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Lead Poisoning

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tocic fumes

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