The flow of E-waste material in the Asian region and a reconsideration of international trade policies on E-waste
|Title||The flow of E-waste material in the Asian region and a reconsideration of international trade policies on E-waste |
|Publication Type||Journal Article |
|Year of Publication||2009 |
|Authors||Shinkuma T, Huong NTM |
|Journal Title||Environmental Impact Assessment Review |
|Abstract||End-of-life home appliances discarded in Japan are reused in Southeast Asia; end-of-life computers are reused in China. E-waste scrap generated in Asia is recycled in China, especially in Guangdong Province. The informal sector in that province has been recycling E-waste scrap and its improper recycling methods have caused serious pollution. In response to this problem, there is wide support for a total ban on E-waste trade, including secondhand items and E-waste scrap. Alternatively, we recommend the establishment of an alternative proper recycling system in Asia that needs cooperation among all Asian countries. First, China is urged to promote proper domestic recycling activities by providing a subsidy for proper recycling. Second, Japan, as a main exporter of E-waste, should establish a traceability system that ensures E-waste scrap exported from Japan will be recycled at proper recycling facilities in China.