Environmental Analysis & Ecology Studies

E-Waste: Recovery of Precious Materials and Minimization of Environmental Impact by Separating Toxic Metals

  • Open or Close RK Singhal*

    Analytical Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India

    *Corresponding author: RK Singhal, Analytical Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India, Tel: +91-22-25505050; Email: rsinghal@barc.gov.in

Submission: November 13, 2017;Published: December 14, 2017

Volume1 Issue1
December 2017


A relatively recent recognized hazardous waste product comes from discarded electrical and electronic equipment and is categorized as E-waste. E-Waste is chemically and physically distinct from other forms of household wastes. It contains both valuable and hazardous materials that require special handling and recycling methods to avoid environmental contamination and detrimental effects on human health. The chemical composition of E-waste varies with the development of new technologies. E-waste contains valuable metals (Ag, Au, Cu, Pt, In, Ga, etc.) as well as potential environmental contaminants, especially Pb, Sb, Hg, Cd, Ni, As, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

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