What is in a computer
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Uploaded 25 Feb 2012
Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
On average a computer is 23% plastic, 32% ferrous metals, 18% non-ferrous metals (lead, cadmium, antimony, beryllium,
chromium and mercury), 12% electronic boards (gold, palladium, silver and platinum) and 15% glass. Only
about 50% of the computer can be recycled, the rest is dumped. The toxicity of the waste is mostly due to the lead, mercury
and cadmium – non-recyclable components of a single computer may contain almost 2 kilograms of lead. Much of the
plastic used contains flame retardants, which makes it difficult to recycle.