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E-waste Generation in Chile: Analysis of the Generation of Computer Waste using Material Flow Analysis

TitleE-waste Generation in Chile: Analysis of the Generation of Computer Waste using Material Flow Analysis
Publication TypeProceedings Article
Year of Conference2008
AuthorsSteubing B, Ludwig C, Böni H, Silva U
Conference Name2008 Global Symposium on Recycling, Waste Treatment and Clean Technology
Conference Start Date12.10.2008
Conference LocationCancun, Mexico
Keywordscomputer waste, E-waste recycling, Material flow analysis
AbstractChile will soon have to find solutions for dealing with rapidly growing quantities of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) due to its strong economy and fast increase of internet and communications technology usage. To support this process, the state of the Chilean recycling infrastructure as well as government, industry and consumer efforts to deal with e-waste were analyzed. Current e-waste quantities were assessed and future flows were predicted using a material flow analysis model. In this model computer hardware was used as tracer equipment for WEEE. Best available numbers indicate that today’s formal recycling infrastructure receives less than 3% of the annual quantities of computer waste. This study represents the most comprehensive analysis regarding e-waste in Chile, identifying relevant streams of e-waste and providing a basis for authorities and producers of electronic goods in order to take the necessary actions to establish an adequate recycling system.
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