Raising awareness of lead in India
Europe now finds itself at the centre of the contentious issue that the European Commission refers to as “backyard recycling”.
Organohalogen compounds are, in general, non hazardous but a ban is being considered in an attempt to prevent uncontrolled and unsafe recycling practices that are carried out in India, China and Africa.
The fact that this happens is not in question and many people, especially the young, are harmed by the toxic chemicals that are emitted when some of these substances are burnt over open fires to recover materials such as copper, silver and aluminium from electronic waste that has reached end-of-life.
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