E-Waste Management as a Global Challenge (Introductory Chapter)

E-Waste Management as a Global Challenge (Introductory Chapter), E-Waste in Transition - From Pollution to Resource, Dr. Florin-Constantin Mihai (Ed.), InTech, 2016, DOI: 10.5772/64596

8 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2016

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Florin Mihai

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University - Department of Geography

Maria Grazia Gnoni

University of Salento

Date Written: June 29, 2016

Abstract

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment management (E-waste or WEEE) is a crucial issue in the solid waste management sector with global interconnections between well-developed, transitional and developing countries. Consumption society and addiction to technology dictate the daily life in high and middle-income countries where population consumes large amounts of EEE products (electrical and electronic equipment) which sooner become e-waste. This fraction is a fast-growing waste stream which needs special treatment and management due to the toxic potential of public health and environment. On the other hand, the e-waste contains valuable materials which may be recovered (precious metals, Cu) reused and recycled (metals, plastics) by various industries mitigating the consumption of natural resources. The new challenge of e-waste management system is to shift the paradigm from a toxic pollution source to a viable resource in the context of sustainable development.

Keywords: waste management; e-waste; recycling; sustainability

JEL Classification: K32; L98; E20; Q20; 020; Q01

Suggested Citation

Mihai, Florin and Gnoni, Maria Grazia, E-Waste Management as a Global Challenge (Introductory Chapter) (June 29, 2016). E-Waste Management as a Global Challenge (Introductory Chapter), E-Waste in Transition - From Pollution to Resource, Dr. Florin-Constantin Mihai (Ed.), InTech, 2016, DOI: 10.5772/64596. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2802133

Florin Mihai (Contact Author)

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University - Department of Geography ( email )

Iasi, Iasi
Romania

Maria Grazia Gnoni

University of Salento ( email )

via Taranto 35
Piazza Tancredi, N.7
Lecce, Lecce 73100
Italy

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