Environmental Susceptibility: Soil Contamination of Heavy Metals in the Territory of E-Waste Recycling Area

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Charu Gangwar
Aprajita Singh
Raina Pal
Atul Kumar
Saloni Sharma
Anamika Tripathi

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E-waste is a popular name given to those electronic products nearing the end of their useful life which has become a major source of heavy metal contamination in soil and hence, became the global concern. Various samples of soil were collected from different sites and were determined for heavy metal analysis by the ICP-AAS after the digestion process. The main source of contamination is illegal e-waste recycling activities such as burning of PCB's acid baths etc. Different soil indices like contamination factor, I-geo, pollution load index, were calculated to determine the quality of the soil. Results indicate that e-waste recycling and industrial area are strongly contaminated by the heavy metals. Physiological analysis of soil revealed that e-waste processing and industrial activities decrease the soil pH and organic matter while enhancing the electrical conductivity of soil. The exceedance of metal contamination imposed negative impact to the soil environment and human health.

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Gangwar C, Singh A, Pal R, Kumar A, Sharma S, Tripathi A. Environmental Susceptibility: Soil Contamination of Heavy Metals in the Territory of E-Waste Recycling Area. IJPE [Internet]. 31Jan.2017 [cited 11Apr.2021];3(01):25-1. Available from: https://ijplantenviro.com/index.php/IJPE/article/view/1180
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