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Socio-economic assessment and feasibility study on sustainable e-waste management in Ghana

TitleSocio-economic assessment and feasibility study on sustainable e-waste management in Ghana
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsPrakash S, Manhart A, Amoyaw-Osei Y, Agyekum OO
Prepared forInspectorate of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment of the Netherlands (VROM-Inspectorate) and the Dutch Association for the Disposal of Metal and Electrical Products (NVMP)
Pages118
InstitutionÖko-Institut e.V. & Green Advocacy Ghana
CityFreiburg, Germany / Accra, Ghana
AbstractIn 2009, the VROM-Inspectorate and the Dutch Association for the Disposal of Metal and Electrical Products (NVMP) assigned a study to assess the socio-economic impacts of the informal e-waste sector in Ghana and explore opportunities for linking the informal sector with international enterprises for sustainable resource efficiency and improved social and environmental standards. To achieve these goals, the current e-waste recycling system in Ghana was studied and compared to the end-of-life management in Europe. Thus, important information related to the sector’s size, characteristic working conditions and contribution to the economy was collected in this study. Furthermore, the applicability of alternative recycling technologies in Ghana was analyzed on the basis of specific environmental, social and economic benefits. Drawing from this research, possible business models were sketched that could help to tap social and environmental improvement potentials. Special emphasis was on strategies to incorporate the existing informal sector in sustainable e-waste management in Ghana. The study was carried out by the Öko-Institut e.V. (Germany) and Green Advocacy (Ghana) in coordination with the "e-Waste Africa project" of the Secretariat of the Basel Convention.
URLhttp://www.oeko.de/oekodoc/1057/2010-105-en.pdf
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