Recycling that Harms the Environment and People

Danielle Tobin

Usually we think of recycling being something that is supposed to be a positive thing that helps people and the environment, but, when it is not carried out correctly it could be something very dangerous. In the town of Guiyi in southeastern China, there was a study done in one of the factories that processes recycled items (specifically electronics). The study showed that there were dangerously high levels of lead, zinc, and other minerals. Not only are these horrible for the factory workers, but these minerals were also spreading to nearby neighborhoods and in the streets.

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