Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT's) stored in a workshop in Bangalore, India, 2006. 
The phosphor coatings of the CRT's contain cadmium and zinc, lead is used in the glass. Dust samples collected in various e-waste worshops by Greenpeace India in 2005 showed high levels of these toxic chemicals to be present in the workshop and storage areas. Over time lead can leach into the ground and water supply, it is extremely toxic in the environment and can do irreversible harm to the human nervous system and brain. Long term exposure to Cadmium can cause bone and kidney problems in humans. Cadmium is also a known carcinogen if inhaled through fumes or dust.
India has become one of the world's largest dumping grounds for electronic waste, known as e-waste. Thousands of tons are sent illegally each year from western countries including the UK for recycling. It is dismantled by hand, unwanted parts are then dumped or sent to landfill where lethal toxins, such as lead, cadmium and mercury contaminate the environment. 
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Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT's) stored in a workshop in Bangalore, India, 2006. The phosphor coatings of the CRT's contain cadmium and zinc, lead is used in the glass. Dust samples collected in various e-waste worshops by Greenpeace India in 2005 showed high levels of these toxic chemicals to be present in the workshop and storage areas. Over time lead can leach into the ground and water supply, it is extremely toxic in the environment and can do irreversible harm to the human nervous system and brain. Long term exposure to Cadmium can cause bone and kidney problems in humans. Cadmium is also a known carcinogen if inhaled through fumes or dust. India has become one of the world's largest dumping grounds for electronic waste, known as e-waste. Thousands of tons are sent illegally each year from western countries including the UK for recycling. It is dismantled by hand, unwanted parts are then dumped or sent to landfill where lethal toxins, such as lead, cadmium and mercury contaminate the environment. ©SOPHIE GERRARD. NO REDISTRIBUTION, NO RESALE, NO SYNDICATION +44(0)7810 445 431 sophie@sophiegerrard.com
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