Thanks to European Union and Asian regulations, future e-waste might be less toxic. Chipmaker Intel has already made progress at making processors and chipsets with a reduced amount of lead to meet the 2006 deadline, and yesterday their rival AMD (which mostly makes CPUs and flash memory) announced that they too will start offering chips with less of the heavy metal (you can read their press release here). Some of our other posts about e-waste and recycling computers that you might have missed: Recycling Computers and How much Crap is in them, Code Green, And Others, Seeking Answers to E-waste, Q&A.; Recycling Electronic Media, Effective Electronic Recycling: Green Citizen and InterConnection: Recycling Computers for Developing Countries.
::AMD Press Release, ::Intel Lead-Reduction General Roadmap