10 Jun '11, 8am

The hazardous of improper e-cycling include major health risks

The hazardous of improper e-cycling include major health risks

Valuable gold-rimmed components are removed from circuit boards before recycling in a facility outside of Chicago. Photo: Alison Lara, Earth911 Find your local recycling solution for electronics E-waste pollution can lead to DNA damage, cardiovascular disease and cancer according to a new study from Chinese scientists. Researchers collected air samples downwind from an electronic waste dismantling site in the Taizhou, Zhejiang province (home to most of China’s e-waste processing), extracted the pollutants and examined their effects on human lung cells. Open air, low-tech electronics dismantling – such as burning PVC-covered wires or soaking circuit boards in acid to recover metals – exposes workers to airborne toxic particles, scientists explain. SEE: What Really Happens to Your E-Waste “Our results show that it is imperative that the primitive techniques for dismantlement...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2011/06/10/e-cycling-may-pose-ma...

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