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
Date Written: June 29, 2016
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
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