A Senior Research Scientist with the Division of Environmental Chemistry at CSIR , Dr Kwadwo Ansong Asante,explained during an in house review seminar on Wednesday that, carcinogenic compounds are released into the atmosphere during burning of e-waste to retrieve copper and other materials by scavengers which eventually,”settles on food stuff and some people also inhale this chemical compounds which are carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting, which means they can interfere with our hormones and our respiratory organs,”
Dr.Asante however recommends that wire-stripping equipment and other proper dismantling methods should be used.
He said his study into the burning of e-waste, which is highly practice at Agbogbloshie in Accra the national capital, discovered high concentration of Iron and Lead in the urine of e-waste recycling workers .
Agbogbloshie was declared among the top ten most polluted sites worldwide .In 2016,the Ministry of Environment ,Science ,Technology and Innovation in partnership with Environmental Protection Agency commenced the construction of $30 e-waste recycling project at Agbogbloshie to recycle all electronic and Electrical waste,all used car tyres,all old refrigerators,air -conditions,old computers,Television sets among other electronic machines discarded .However ,the project has stalled after the change of government.
Dr.Kwadwo Ansong Asante is therefore urging government to continue the construction of a modern e-waste recycling plant.