We are recycling toxins

Not the way: The process of plastics recycling can create new toxic substances, adding even more chemicals that could endanger human health. — 123rf

RECENTLY published data from 13 countries, including Malaysia, identified nearly 500 chemicals in recycled plastic pellets, including pesticides, industrial chemicals, PCBs, and other toxic substances.

In pellets from Malaysia, 123 chemicals were detected in two samples that were analysed. The data is especially relevant now as Malaysian government officials will be participating in the Global Plastics Treaty negotiations in Ottawa from April 23 to 29.

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