A plastic computer monitor that was made of recycled materials and used for scientific research has been given to a recycling company.
The research-grade monitor was used by scientists studying the effects of mercury in food products to assess their effects on human health.
Researchers are looking to reuse the monitor, but it was put in a metal recycling bin, which has been removed from the facility and sent to a landfill.
In March, the EPA said mercury is a known carcinogen that can cause neurological, renal, and respiratory damage.
A new plastic monitor, made of a different plastic material, is now being tested for health effects.
“I just can’t believe that they are going to waste this one,” said Katie Anderson, a senior editor for Fox News.
Scientists are hoping the plastic monitor will be put into the recycling bin and sent back to the lab.
For the next couple of weeks, the monitor will remain in a landfill near the University of Maryland in College Park, where the EPA has also set up a small cleanup site.
Some of the recyclables were found at a recycling center in the United Kingdom, but the monitor was placed in the recycling center because it was the only item in the trash that could be recycled, the department said in a news release.
But the monitor is still at the University.
This isn’t the first time a plastic monitor has been used to test for mercury in products.
The EPA said it will review the lab results.
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