Toxic chemicals found in campaign tarpaulins PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 May 2013 14:14

Campaign tarpaulins which were removed by environmental advocates after the recent elections were found to contain the carcinogenic substance, cadmium.

Environmental group, EcoWaste Coalition collected and detected that tarpaulins contained cadmium content up to 1,279 parts per million (ppm) in all the samples, while lead content up to 1,704 ppm in 51 samples (25 percent).

EcoWaste Coalition Project Protect coordinator, Thony Dizon, said in a statement that the results of chemical analysis provided a valid basis for strong regulatory measures to curb the use of cadmium and lead in vinyl plastic materials.

These, according to the group can cause adverse effects to human health and the environment. Even during its disposal, if not done properly.

Cadmium is classified as “carcinogenic to humans” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) with inhalation as the main route exposure, the EcoWaste Coalition said.

Long-term exposure to cadmium can lead to high blood pressure, age-related macular degeneration, and cancer of the breast, lung and kidney, considered the critical target organs for toxicity of cadmium in humans.