E-WASTE A HEALTH THREAT TO URBAN POPULATIONS

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E-WASTE A HEALTH THREAT TO URBAN POPULATIONS

 user 2009-03-13 at 12:25:19 pm Views: 70
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    http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=2&theme=&usrsess=1&id=246304
    E-waste posing health threats to urban populace
    KOLKATA,
    March 09: Poor proper e-waste management system is threatening people
    in urban areas of the state, with elements like lead, mercury, cadmium
    and barium holding the potential to seriously affect the brain, eyes
    and nervous system.West Bengal currently accounts for 14 per cent of
    the 3,30,000 pieces of e-waste produced in the country every year.
    Worn-out computer peripherals are mostly recycled or processed in
    illegal recycling units in and around Kolkata. 94 per cent of business
    organisations dealing with computer peripherals do not maintain a
    proper recycling system.An official at the state IT department said
    that the state government had initiated a study to calculate the amount
    of e-waste produced in the state. An initiative has also been taken to
    set up an effective e-waste management system.

    E-waste products
    include worn-out computer peripherals, printed wiring boards, lead-acid
    batteries, electronic compressors, LCD screens and alkaline batteries.
    All contain high levels of elements like lead, mercury, cadmium and
    barium. They are generally sold to local scrap traders.Local traders
    engage workers to extract expensive components from worn-out
    peripherals. Since computer peripherals consist of lead, processing
    them in the open air increases pollution levels.Workers in illegal
    recycling units burn computer peripherals, including circuit boards,
    videotapes and printer cartridges, to extract chips. Extracted chips
    are then sold to traders in local markets at cheap rates. Workers also
    extract carbon from print cartridges in these illegal units. While
    doing so they inhale carbon dust which may cause respiratory
    problems.People living in areas where the work is carried out are also
    becoming exposed to such harmful elements.

    Dr Sankha Subhra
    Chowdhury, a neurologist with a city-based private nursing home, said:
    “People gradually become affected with various brain-related diseases
    due to constant exposure to these elements. They often complain of
    problems like headaches, light-headedness and psychiatric symptoms.
    Children are the worst sufferers. Lead exposure frequently causes
    memory loss and affects the nervous system.”Cadmium also causes various
    complications including lung cancer and the possibility of kidney
    damage. It is extracted from worn-out rechargeable batteries,
    fluorescent layer (CRT) screens, Xerox machine printer drums, printer
    inks and toners. Cadmium is also believed to cause pulmonary emphysema
    and bone disease such as osteoporosis,” said Dr Chowdhury