Today we want to explain what chromium hexavalent is, and why it is important to Electronics Recycling companies and eWaste Disposal companies. Other forms of chromium can be considered trace nutrients for humans and animals, but chromium hexavalent–even at low concentration–is highly toxic and extremely harmful to all living things.
“chromium hexavalent even at low concentrations is highly toxic and extremely harmful to all living things, it is known as the invisible toxin of e-Waste”
This destructive metal is abundant in electronic devices and computer products. Chromium hexavalent can be found as a corrosion inhibitor on circuit boards, it can be found in hardening and corrosion protective metal housings. Think of how many circuit boards are in your company’s storage closet or garage–it’s almost frightening to consider how many small deposits of chromium hexavalent are scattered throughout common waste items in the workplace.
Dire Health Concerns of Chromium Hexavalent
Like cadmium, chromium hexavalent becomes more soluble and reactive in water, this adds mobility and heightened risk of contamination of groundwater. Traces of chromium hexavalent in drinking water can cause significant kidney and liver damage to humans, and it can wipe out aquatic and plant life like the plague.
The hazards don’t end there, this stuff can cause immediate allergic reaction upon contact and there are even cases of lung cancer from occupational exposure recorded in Europe and here in the United States. It’s imperative waste generators (you and I) are aware of the potential hazards associated with this harmful chemical and what we can do to reduce environmental and personal exposure.
How can we keep our coworkers, family members and environment safe from chromium hexavalent exposure? Recycle your old electronic devices, computers and eWaste with environment and sustainability focused corporate recyclers. Our electronic waste recycling practices at Cleanlites have earned us many industry accreditations for both the safety of our workers and our commitment to zero landfill contamination. If you or your business need to dispose of aged electronics that are no longer in use, contact a recycling expert at Cleanlites today and we will help you reduce your footprint.