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
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.