Can Small Countries Benefit from the E-waste Global Value Chain?
E-waste is a term used to cover items of all types of electrical and electronic equipment and its parts that have been discarded by the owners as waste without the intention of re-use, because this equipment has ceased to be of any value to its owners. E-waste is one of the fastestgrowing waste streams globally. Since the Rio Summit Earth summit organized by the United Nations in 1992, the concept of sustainability extends to rendering basic services such as Solid Waste Management and dealing with e-waste. People are afraid of e-waste because of its possible negative effects on health and because it could pollute the environment. Indicators of unsustainable service provision concerninge-waste include irregular collection, open dumping, burning of solid and e-waste in open spaces. Often collection covers a small part of the country, cost recovery is limited or not existent, and one notes poor utilization of available resources with no or very limited reuse and recycling.
- UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Erasmus University in Rotterdam (Netherlands)
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- Journal Name: International Journal of Waste Resources; Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: PUBLISHER-ID: 2252-5211.1000e110; Copyright: (c) 2016 Van Dijk MP.; This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
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- 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; COST RECOVERY; ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT; ELECTRONIC WASTES; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; RECYCLING; RESOURCE MANAGEMENT; SUSTAINABILITY; UNITED NATIONS; WASTE MANAGEMENT