What are the harmful effects of e-waste?

Electronic waste contains a plethora of toxic components including Mercury, Lead, Cadmium, Polybrominated Flame Retardants, Barium and Lithium. Even the plastic casings of electronics products contain Polyvinyl Chloride. The health effects of these toxins on humans include birth defects, brain, heart, liver, kidney and skeletal system damage. Exposure to these toxins also significantly affect the nervous and reproductive systems of the human body. High and prolonged exposure to chemicals/ pollutants emitted during unsafe e-waste recycling leads to damage of almost all major body systems.

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