Management of Electronic Waste by Employing Combined Technological Strategies

Global Journal of Finance and Management 6(6): 545-550, 2014

6 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2014

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Yogesh Patil

Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India

Viraja Bhat

Symbiosis International University - Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB)

Prakash Rao

Symbiosis International University - Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB)

Date Written: November 7, 2014

Abstract

E-waste is a generic term encompassing various forms of waste electrical and electronic equipments (WEEE) that are old, end-of-life electronic appliances and have ceased to be of any value to their owners. Among the various categories, e-waste is considered to be most advanced and fastest growing type of solid waste streams in the urban environment worldwide. In general, e-waste comprises of all old, end-of-life appliances like computers, laptops, audio and video products, refrigerators, freezers, mobiles phones, etc. along with their peripherals. The sources of e-waste are relatively expensive and essentially durable products used for data processing, telecommunications, or entertainment in private households and businesses. It is known that e-waste contains over thousand different substances. Heavy metals form a significant part of inorganic fraction of e-waste accounting for 20-50%. These include hazardous metallic elements like lead, cadmium, chromium, mercury, arsenic, selenium and precious metals like silver, gold, copper and platinum. Since these elements are non-renewable in nature there recovery from e-waste stream is the key. This paper, based on previous studies carried out by authors; make an effort to propose an innovative strategic model for the recovery of valuable metal for the management of e-waste by employing combined technological strategies viz. chemical and biological. Chemical technology involves the leaching of silver from electronic scrap using toxic chemical like cyanide. The complex silver-cyanide form is then subjected to biological technology using passive low-cost material. The strategy proposed by the authors will help to strengthen supply chain elements for efficient management of e-waste.

Keywords: E-waste management, Combined strategy, Industrial symbiosis, Valuable metals, Technology management

Suggested Citation

Patil, Yogesh and Bhat, Viraja and Rao, Prakash, Management of Electronic Waste by Employing Combined Technological Strategies (November 7, 2014). Global Journal of Finance and Management 6(6): 545-550, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2520531

Yogesh Patil (Contact Author)

Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India ( email )

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Viraja Bhat

Symbiosis International University - Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB) ( email )

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Taluka - Mulshi
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India

Prakash Rao

Symbiosis International University - Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB) ( email )

G. No. 174/1
Taluka - Mulshi
Hinjewadi, Maharasthra 411057
India

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