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The “Green e-Waste Channel” as an environmentally friendly and socially responsible concept to manage e-waste in emerging economies

TitleThe “Green e-Waste Channel” as an environmentally friendly and socially responsible concept to manage e-waste in emerging economies
Publication TypeProceedings Article
Year of Conference2007
AuthorsBondolfi A, Schluep M, Ecroignard L, Finlay A
Conference NameR’07 World Congress, Recovery of Materials and Energy for Resource Efficiency,
Conference Start Date3-5 September 20
PublisherEmpa
Conference LocationDavos/Switzerland
Keywordse-waste, emerging economies, Gauteng, Recovery, recycling, refurbishing, South Africa, SWOT analysis
Abstract

As a result of the Swiss Knowledge Partnership in e-Waste Recycling, the concept of a “Green e-Waste Channel” was introduced in several cities in China, India and South Africa, aiming an environmentally friendly and socially responsible management of e-waste. The concept embraces the whole infrastructure associated with an e-waste management system. It starts when the consumer decides to dispose off his equipment, thus at the collection of discarded equipment, and ends with the final disposal of residues. A detailed case study was performed in the Gauteng province in South Africa with focus on IT equipment. The case study demonstrated that the Green e-Waste Channel is a suitable general concept for developing countries, when taking into account the specific context and needs of a current local situation.

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