This study was designed to provide a snapshot of workplace and environmental contamination from a selection of industrial units and dump sites associated with the electronic waste-recycling sector in China and India. A total of more than 70 samples were collected during March 2005 from sites located in the vicinity of Guiyu Town, Guangdong Province in southern China and in the suburbs of New Delhi, India. Samples included industrial wastes, indoor dusts, soils, river sediments and groundwater from typical sites representing all major stages routinely employed in the dismantling, recycling and final disposal of electrical and
electronic wastes (i.e. storage, component separation, plastic shredding, acid processing/leaching, open burning and residue dumping) in both countries.