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Iran: 85% of electronic waste produced by state bodies

TEHRAN, Dec. 20 (Mehr News Agency) - State bodies are the main producers of electronic waste in the country, a new study shows. According to the study conducted by the Mehr News Agency, 85 percent of the country's electronic wastes are produced by government organizations.

"E-waste is a serious environmental problem in the country," deputy head of Department of Environmental said here on Saturday.

Computers, monitors, mobile phones, fluorescent tubes, a whole range of other digital items are the main home-used products dumped by the most people at regular waste sites, Hossein Asilian said, stressing that this is the main problem.

The range and capability of electronic products is constantly increasing. As people buy more and more, the amount of electronic goods thrown out becomes bigger.

Electronic waste is of concern largely due to the toxicity of some of the substances if processed improperly, Aslanian noted, adding that the toxicity is because of lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and a number of other substances.

All are dangerous to human health; Cadmium is a cancerous substance and lead causes anemia, mental retardation, and poisoning. Mercury has destructive effects on body's security system, and arsenic leads to severe poisoning.

The experts believe that the e-waste threat can be changed into an opportunity in the case of accurate management.

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