In new research, it has been seen that the recycled e-waste poses a significant health risk as it contains toxic materials and it is often used to make the black plastics which may come in contact with food. This study was published in Environment International, which was found bromine and it leads to 600 consumer black plastic products which are tested, and it ranges from cocktail stirrers to children’s toys.
Each year it is seen that the World generates about 50 tons of e-waste in which electronic items have trashed because they are no longer useful and are about only 13 percent of the e-waste is recycled. This shows that is the huge problem and most of the e-waste ends up in landfills and in developing countries all the toxic chemicals found in the waste leach into the local water supplies and as a result they poison the environment.
According to Andrew Turner, who is the researcher at the University of Plymouth said that the environment and health impacts which arise from the production and the use of plastics in general but the black plastics pose great risk and hazards. Black plastics are made using the black colour, and it is a type of industrial pigment that acts as the desired additive in plastics for the durability and colour. The black plastic accounts for about 15 percent of plastic waste in the UK.
As the black plastic cannot be recycled, the demand for the black plastic has met with the help of another source such as e-waste. The plastics that are used in the electronic appliances have an additive feature that is used to insulate further or fortify the electronics casing and are toxic to human health. These include antimony, mercury, bromine and lead.
The study states that there should be increased innovation within the recycling industry so that it will eliminate the harmful substance from recycled waste.