E-waste and metal contamination in the environment - Health effects

Dockrell, Mark, Purchase, Diane ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8071-4385 and Price, Robert (2023) E-waste and metal contamination in the environment - Health effects. In: Trace Metals in the Environment. IntechOpen. . [Book Section] (Published online first) (doi:10.5772/intechopen.1001826)

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It is predicted that electronic waste (e-waste) derived principally from discarded electronic equipment will reach 74 million metric tonnes by 2030. In addition, urbanization and industrialization have contributed to metal contamination in the environments. E-waste is often deposed of in low-income countries adversely affecting the health of the working population. The main sources of e-contamination are soil, dust, and food matrices. Drinking water can also be contaminated with heavy metals such as arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), and lead (Pb) causing a major health concern. Exposure to pollutants present in waste has a significant detrimental impact on human health; children in developing countries are often particularly susceptible. Sensitive monitoring procedures are needed to improve the rate of detection and monitoring of the possible adverse effects on the population exposed to significant quantities of e-waste.

Item Type: Book Section
Sustainable Development Goals:
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences
Item ID: 38030
Depositing User: Diane Purchase
Date Deposited: 26 May 2023 11:38
Last Modified: 26 May 2023 13:17
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/38030

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