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Is your plastic safe? - Toxics Link latest study

New Delhi, 21 July 2016 : A recent study by Toxics Link, a not-for-profit environmental organization, reveals that plastic laden with certain harmful flame retardants might be contaminating the entire recycled plastic stream. The report ‘WEEE Plastic and Brominated Flame Retardants’, divulges that almost 300 tonnes of plastic with toxic brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are added to the

recycling stream every day in India; gets mixed with other plastic and then reaches us in form of new products.
The study done by Delhi based NGO Toxics Link, under the Sustainable Recycling Industry (SRI) project, and supported by EMPA, World Resource Forum and Swiss Confederation, studied the recycling of WEEE Plastic (plastic from e-waste- one of the fastest growing waste stream globally) in the country. The research found that most of the plastic, containing flame retardants, is being mixed with ‘clean’ plastic
during recycling process, especially in the informal plastic recycling operations. As BFRs are loosely bound with plastic, it gets released during the usage as well - so every time our kids are playing with a toy made of the contaminated plastic, she or he might be inhaling or ingesting BFRs

The study reveals that India currently generates almost 1 lakh tonnes of this contaminated plastic annually, which is expected to go up to 1.7 lakh tonnes in 2018. Most of this huge quantity of plastic reaches the informal recycling sector, where majority of it is mixed with other plastics and recycled with no safety or health precautions. Due to lack of knowledge regarding its hazards and limited demand, most of the BFR laden plastic is mixed with plastic from other sources, thus spoiling the whole chain. This contaminated plastic is then used to make new plastic products, finally being sold to us, without any warnings or labels. 

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