Characterization of PBDEs in soils and vegetations near an e-waste recycling site in South China

Yan Wang, Chunling Luo, Jun Li, Hua Yin, Xiangdong Li, Gan Zhang

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The concentration and composition of PBDEs in the soils and plants near a typical e-waste recycling site in South China were investigated. The total concentration of PBDEs (ΣPBDEs) in soil ranged from 4.8 to 533 ng/g dry wt. The ΣPBDEs in vegetation were from 2.1 to 217 ng/g dry wt. For the vegetable, the highest concentration of 19.9 ng/g dry wt. was observed in the shoot of Brassica alboglabra L. BDE 209 was the predominant congener in all samples. In comaprison with other e-waste contaminated sites in China, lower concentrations of PBDEs and higher concentrations of PCBs were observed in both soils and plants suggesting different e-waste types involved in the present study. The PBDEs contaminated vegetables around the e-waste dismantling site may pose a potential health risk to the local inhabitants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2443-2448
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


  • E-waste
  • PBDEs
  • Soil
  • South China
  • Vegetation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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