Not that I want to argue this real hard, but why would you say that? Look at my desk. There's a Li-ion battery on it. We don't put those in landfills. There's a SanDisk ImageMate 12 in 1 card reader, with the conspicuous crossed-out trashcan on the back. So, that doesn't go into the landfill. Then there's my Palm T|X, labeled just like my card reader. In point of fact, I have a desk full of stuff that is classed as hazardous waste. Twice a year I'm able to bring this stuff to a hazardous waste collection, and they take it.Roberdin wrote: I doubt that any of the hardware that has been ejected into the solar system will ever do any damage to anything or anyone.
How is the stuff on my desk fundamentally different from the hazardous waste we've plopped here and there throughout the solar system? is the level of threat the deciding factor? Do you see that this is where many, if not all forms of human-made pollution began, as either managed or unknown risks?