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

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  • Florin-Constatin Mihai

    ("Alexandru Ioan Cuza " University)

  • Maria-Grazia Gnoni

    (Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento,)

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.

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  • Florin-Constatin Mihai & Maria-Grazia Gnoni, 2016. "E-waste Management as a Global Challenge (Introductory Chapter)," Post-Print hal-01339063, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01339063
    DOI: 10.5772/64596
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    1. Zoeteman, B.C.J. & Krikke, H.R. & Venselaar, J., 2010. "Handling WEEE waste flows : On the effectiveness of producer responsibility in a globalizing world," Other publications TiSEM cb6af1f5-e6b7-4cea-953e-1, Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management.
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    waste management; E-waste; Recycling; circular economy; Sustainability; Pollution;

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