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Distribution of Phthalate Esters in Soil of E-Waste Recycling Sites from Taizhou City in 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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Liu, W.L., Shen, C.F., Zhang, Z. et al. Distribution of Phthalate Esters in Soil of E-Waste Recycling Sites from Taizhou City in China. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 82, 665–667 (2009).

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  • E-waste
  • Soil
  • Phthalate esters (PAEs)
  • Chemical analysis