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Pollution characteristics and health risk assessment of volatile organic compounds emitted from different plastic solid waste recycling workshops

Overview of attention for article published in Environment International, April 2015
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Title
Pollution characteristics and health risk assessment of volatile organic compounds emitted from different plastic solid waste recycling workshops
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Environment International, April 2015
DOI 10.1016/j.envint.2015.01.004
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Authors

Zhigui He, Guiying Li, Jiangyao Chen, Yong Huang, Taicheng An, Chaosheng Zhang

Abstract

The pollution profiles of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from different recycling workshops processing different types of plastic solid waste (PSW) and their health risks were investigated. A total of 64 VOCs including alkanes, alkenes, monoaromatics, oxygenated VOCs (OVOCs), chlorinated VOCs (ClVOCs) and acrylonitrile during the melting extrusion procedure were identified and quantified. The highest concentration of total VOCs (TVOC) occurred in the poly(acrylonitrile-butadiene styrene) (ABS) recycling workshop, followed by the polystyrene (PS), polypropylene (PP), polyamide (PA), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene (PE) and polycarbonate (PC) workshops. Monoaromatics were found as the major component emitted from the ABS and PS recycling workshops, while alkanes were mainly emitted from the PE and PP recycling processes, and OVOCs from the PVC and PA recycling workshops. According to the occupational exposure limits' (OEL) assessment, the workers suffered acute and chronic health risks in the ABS and PS recycling workshops. Meanwhile, it was found that most VOCs in the indoor microenvironments were originated from the melting extrusion process, while the highest TVOC concentration was observed in the PS rather than in the ABS recycling workshop. Non-cancer hazard indices (HIs) of all individual VOCs were <1.0, whereas the total HI in the PS recycling workshop was 1.9, posing an adverse chronic health threat. Lifetime cancer risk assessment suggested that the residents also suffered from definite cancer risk in the PS, PA, ABS and PVC recycling workshops.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
India 2 2%
Pakistan 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Unknown 101 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 21 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 19 18%
Student > Bachelor 15 14%
Researcher 13 12%
Student > Postgraduate 4 4%
Other 18 17%
Unknown 16 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Engineering 25 24%
Environmental Science 24 23%
Materials Science 6 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 6%
Chemistry 4 4%
Other 22 21%
Unknown 19 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 March 2015.
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#7,372,231
of 12,279,872 outputs
Outputs from Environment International
#1,440
of 1,942 outputs
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#131,677
of 271,095 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Environment International
#40
of 49 outputs
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