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e-Waste challenges in developing countries: South African case study

Titlee-Waste challenges in developing countries: South African case study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsFinlay A
Journal TitleAPC “Issue Papers” Series
VolumeAssociatio
Pages1-22
AbstractThis discussion paper, commissioned by the APC, aims to raise the profile of e-waste issues in developing countries so that the implications of information and communications technology (ICTs) for development initiatives can be better understood – particularly in the context of the increasing flow of old technology from developed to developing countries. South Africa is thought to be at the forefront of waste management in Africa, and practitioners aim to develop an e-waste model in the country that can serve as a blueprint for an approach to e-waste elsewhere on the continent. While the overall waste management strategies in the country are highly regarded by experts, this document suggests that South Africa faces a number of key challenges in dealing with e-waste and that its ‘e-waste readiness’ is mixed rather than certain. Three APC members contributed to this document, and offered e-waste perspectives from the United Kingdom and the Asia-Pacific region. Summaries of these contributions are included in the appendices.
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