Hazardous chemicals from electrical products in black recyclate

05 June 2018

Hazardous chemicals such as bromine, antimony and lead are finding their way into food-contact items and other everyday products because manufacturers are using recycled electrical equipment as a source of black plastic, according to a new study.
Scientists at the University of Plymouth have shown that a combination of the growing demand for black plastic and the inefficient sorting of end-of-life electrical equipment is causing contaminated material to be introduced into the recyclate. The study is published in Environmental International and was conducted by Dr Andrew Turner, a Reader in Environmental Science at the University (University of Plymouth, 30 May 2018).
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