Everyday items are getting contaminated with hazardous chemicals such as the bromine, antimony, and lead. A new study infers that the food-contact and everyday items are getting contaminated with the hazardous chemicals due to the malpractices of the manufacturers. The manufacturers are using recycled electrical equipment as a source to obtain the black plastic.
The research is being carried out by the scientists from the University of Plymouth. The rising introduction of the contaminated material into the recycled materials is owing to the increasing demands for the black plastic. Also, the inefficient sorting out of the end-of-life electrical equipment is also a significant contributor to the hazardous chemicals into the everyday items.
The black plastics makes about fifteen percent of the domestic waste stream. Such waste material falls short of ready recycling as the black pigments have a low sensitivity range as compared to the infrared radiation. The new infrared radiation finds its application into the current plastic sorting facility.
The findings of the current research study mark its presence in the Environmental International. Dr. Andrew Turner conducted the research. Dr. Andrew is an Environmental Science reader at the University of Plymouth. The findings of the study suggest the hazardous effects of the litter or the microplastics spread to the marine and the coastal environment.
For this study, Dr, Andrew Turner made the use of XRF spectrometry. The XRF spectrometry was used to analyze the levels of a range of elements in about six hundred black plastic products. Some of the black plastic products include food-contact items, clothing, storage, toys, new and old electronics and the electrical equipment.
Dr. Turner says, “There are environmental and health impacts arising from the production and use of plastics in general, but black plastics pose greater risks and hazards. This is due to the technical and economic constraints imposed on the efficient sorting and separation of black waste for recycling, coupled with the presence of harmful additives required for production or applications in the electronic and electrical equipment and food packaging sectors.”