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Biochemical hazards associated with unsafe disposal of electrical and electronic items

Korla, K and Mitra, CK (2019) Biochemical hazards associated with unsafe disposal of electrical and electronic items. [Book Chapter]

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-817030-4.00001-2


Most consumer electrical and electronic items have a relatively short life cycle. A modern household depends heavily on many such items, all ubiquitous in any home. At the end of their service life, they are often difficult to recycle because of diversity (a TV and a toaster cannot be recycled by the same agency or by using the same work flow) in their components-both construction and composition. Nevertheless, most of the common household appliances have some hidden toxic components (both in electronics and electrical equipment) that can pass over to the environment over time, if not taken care in disposing of properly. These pollutants can be very difficult to remove from the environment (postcontamination cleanup) because of their relatively low concentrations. Some of the bulk contaminants, for example, plastics and glasses, that are relatively inert and have a relatively large residence time, do form a distinct hazard to other forms of life in the environment. We shall discuss plastics separately from the trace metals both in terms of their effects on living systems and on the environment.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publication: Handbook of Electronic Waste Management: International Best Practices and Case Studies
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: Toxic metalselectronicsplasticsplasticizersinhibitorsdisposalsbiochemistry
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2022 07:20
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2022 07:20
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/78125

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