I recently read an article about mercury switches and the difficulty associated with trying to collect these toxic items. Often the general public is blissfully unaware of the significant number of these items found in and around our homes. Many of our seemingly benign appliances contain these switches and this being the case, people often don't take the proper amount of caution and care when disposing of these appliances. Its common to drive down the street and see a television or an old computer sitting by the curb waiting for its final ride to the landfill. Unfortunatly, once these items are commited to a landfill they can go on to leech thier toxic brew of deadly heavy metals and chemicals to our groundwater for decades to come.
As often as I can, I try to remind people of the various toxic materials found within thier appliances and recommend proper methods of disposal for these appliances. If you have any questions about how to dispose of any appliances give me a call and I will be happy to offer suggestions (262 492 5953) Our company is only equiped to handle air conditiong units but, I would be glad to recommend other trustworthy companies that share my concern for our environment. With this blog I have included a list of common toxic pollutants found within all PTACs and air conditioning units.
-Oil from the compressor,
-PCBs from capacitors and other electronic components,
-Mercury from the thermostats and some switches,
-Lead from pipe joints and circuit boards,
-Lithium and Cadmium from batteries and other electronic components.
Thanks for taking some time to read this and if you have any imput I would love to hear it.