It is estimated that Americans own more than 500 million TVs (working and non-working) in the U.S. The CRT (cathode ray tube) in a TV monitor can contain up to four pounds of lead.
* The National Safety Council estimates that nearly 63 million computers became obsolete in 2005.
* The average life span of a computer has fallen from 4.5 years in 1992 to an estimated two years in 2005.
* An estimated 10.2 million used computers are exported from the U.S. each year. Most end up in countries that have less stringent environmental laws than the U.S.
Source: Basel Action Network
as posted on www.ecyclemo.org.