E-waste Recycling Health Effects

A presentation by Margaret Bates from the University of Northampton describes health risk related to E-waste if not managed properly.

Many types of E-waste contain lots of different chemicals like lead, PVC, brominated fire retardants, barium, chromium, mercury, beryllium and cadmium. What is found in E-waste and what risks and problems can be associated with it is shown on the example of a desktop computer. Burning plastic from a computer carries the same risks as burning plastics from a television or other goods.

It is important to note that the effects shown here are ONLY a problem if they are not dealt with correctly this is why collection points should not burn, dismantle etc.  All these items live in our homes without causing us any harm normally.

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