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Diagnosis of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment Generation in the State of Minas Gerais

TitleDiagnosis of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment Generation in the State of Minas Gerais
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsRocha G
Prepared forSECO / Empa (Swiss e-waste programme)
Pages85
InstitutionFundacao Estadual do Meio Ambiente (FEAM), Governo Minas
CityMinas Gerais, Brazil
KeywordsAssessment Study, Material flow analysis
AbstractThe growth in the consumption of electric and electronic equipment (EEE) in all of Brazil has been presenting problems concerning the management of the waste generated by these devices. The waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE), aside from containing materials which may be recycled and recovered, has various toxic and polluting substances, such as heavy metals. The incorrect handling and/or disposal of WEEE has the potential of causing human health and environmental problems, through the contamination, mainly, of the soil, and of ground water. After identifying these potential environmental problems, Fundação Estadual do Meio Ambiente (lit.: the State Natural Environment Foundation) - FEAM intends, with this diagnosis, to initiate discussions involving the creation of legislation and public policies related to the management of this type of waste in the state of Minas Gerais. Therefore, with the aim of obtaining information concerning the generation and destination of EEE generated waste in the state of Minas Gerais, this project had as its objective obtaining a preliminary estimate of the current and future generation of waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE), in order to aid in the decision making process regarding the search for a solution for the environmental problems resulting from inadequate waste management.
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