For every piece of electrical and/or electronic equipment which is disposed of in a landfill site (which is illegal by the way) the potential for environmental damage increases exponentially; most modern electrical and electronic equipment has as an element of its construction and component parts toxic substances and heavy elements. Arsenic, cadmium, mercury, bromine and lead are just a few examples of these extremely toxic and potentially poisonous materials which, if dumped into landfill sites will over time leach back into the ground with the potential of contaminating ground water tables and subsequently find their way into the food chain.
The plastic casings of TVs, mobile phones, laptops and computers just to mention a few examples take thousands of years to break down; as they break down the toxic mix percolates down into the soil and is then over time absorbed into the local environment; One has to remember; plastics and manmade fibres in the main are byproducts of crude oil.
Ninety nine percent of the components, frame and casings of modern electrical and electronic equipment is recyclable; even the smallest batteries suitable for powering mobile phones and MP3 players, to the heavy duty batteries used on cars, lorries and heavy machinery are able to be recycled and the materials reused.
He Waste Electronic & Electric Equipment legislation (WEEE) which was introduced onto the statute books in 2007 presents a framework of for the licenced disposal of potential toxic waste; in effect, as of 2007 all electrical and electronic equipment is considered to be hazardous waste, and is required to be disposed of responsibly through a network of licenced operators and recycling plants.
The onus has been placed on business owners to ensure any arrangements made for the disposal of any electrical, electronic and/or other waste considered a hazard to the environment is through licenced channels. Reduce waste, protect the environment and stay legal; only use licenced operators to dispose of industrial electrical equipment and one which can prove their qualifications and licencing credentials.