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Reviews on Environmental Health

Editor-in-Chief: Carpenter, David O. / Sly, Peter

Editorial Board: Brugge, Doug / Edwards, John W. / Field, R.William / Garbisu, Carlos / Hales, Simon / Horowitz, Michal / Lawrence, Roderick / Maibach, H.I. / Shaw, Susan / Tao, Shu / Tchounwou, Paul B.


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Volume 31, Issue 1

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E-waste: the growing global problem and next steps

Michelle Heacock
  • Hazardous Substances Research Branch/Superfund Research Program, National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park, NC, USA
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Published Online: 2016-01-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2015-0045

Abstract

In many low- and middle-income countries, handling and disposal of discarded electrical or electronic equipment (EEE) is frequently unregulated. e-Waste contains hazardous constituents such as lead, mercury, and chromium, certain chemicals in plastics, and flame retardants. There is increasing concern about health effects related to contamination in air, soil, and water for people working and living at or near informal e-waste processing sites, especially to the most vulnerable populations, pregnant women and children. The observed adverse health effects and increasing number of e-waste sites make protecting human health and the environment from e-waste contamination an expanding challenge. Through international cooperation, awareness can be elevated about the harm that e-waste processing poses to human health. Here we discuss how international researchers, public health practitioners, and policymakers can employ solutions to reduce e-waste exposures.

Keywords: children’s health; environmental contamination; e-waste; international cooperation; mitigation

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Corresponding author: William A. Suk, Hazardous Substances Research Branch/Superfund Research Program, National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park, NC, USA, E-mail:


Received: 2015-10-13

Accepted: 2015-10-14

Published Online: 2016-01-28

Published in Print: 2016-03-01


Citation Information: Reviews on Environmental Health, Volume 31, Issue 1, Pages 131–135, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2015-0045.

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