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Bull Environ Contam Toxicol. 2009 Jun;82(6):665-7. doi: 10.1007/s00128-009-9699-3. Epub 2009 Mar 17.

Distribution of phthalate esters in soil of e-waste recycling sites from Taizhou city in China.

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School of Life Science, Taizhou University, 317000, Linhai, Zhejiang, China.


In recent years, increasing concern has surrounded the consequences of improper electric and electronic waste (e-waste) disposal. In this paper, Phthalate esters (PAEs) including dimethyl phthalate (DMP), diethyl phthalate (DEP), di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP) in the e-waste soils were collected and analyzed from sites Fengjiang, Nanshan and Meishu in Taizhou city. The result showed that the total PAEs concentrations ranged from 12.566 to 46.669 mg/kg in these three sites. DEHP, DBP and DEP were the major phthalates accounting for more than 94% of total phthalates studied. Comparing to the results from other studies, the e-waste soils from Taizhou city were severely contaminated with PAEs.

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