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Center for Environmental Health: Why Your Singing Valentine’s Day Card Is Illegal To Throw Away In California
February 22, 2012, 11:05 am
Filed under: News

If you’re planning on giving a card to a loved one this Valentine’s Day, we say go “old-fashioned”. We’ve all seen the rows and rows of “singing” cards at the drug store—cards that play songs, cards that coo something sweet or funny when you open them. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re not so cute when you consider that that electronic magic embedded in them actually creates a whole bunch of trouble.

Singing cards contain batteries and electronic circuit boards that are classified as Universal Waste (U-Waste) in California, meaning it is illegal for them to be disposed of into sanitary landfills. The tiny button batteries contain lithium that if ingested can cause serious health problems like vocal paralysis, hearing loss and nasal deformity. The circuit board also contain metials that are toxic to aquatic animals.

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