- Toner cartridges from printers contain hazardous chemical waste
- Televisions and computer monitors
- Mobile phones contain heavy metals which are toxic, such as cadmium, lead, beryllium and antimony
- Rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries of mobile phones and other devices
- Computer accessories such as keyboards, mice and speakers
- Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) batteries, like car batteries, contain hazardous materials such as lead and must be recycled.
|"BATTERY MUST BE RECYCLED"A typical UPS battery available in Bhutan|
Recycling of e-waste can be a profitable business (called demanufacturing): precious metals such as gold and silver as well as copper, zinc, iron, nickel, lead and other valuable materials are extracted from the e-waste. Whether such a business can be profitable in Bhutan requires research. In any case, there should be some local solution, otherwise we will all be suffering the consequences of a toxic environment in the near future.