System Failure: The UK’s Harmful Trade in Electronic Waste

Title System Failure: The UK’s harmful trade in electronic waste Publication Type Report Year of Publication 2011 Authors EIA Institution Environmental Investigation Agency City London / UK Abstract The EIA infiltrated export networks by forming a front company, which uncovered malfeasance, including traders who mislabeled e-scrap to circumvent customs; involvement by local councils; and Environmental Waste Controls, a large recycling company, all involved in the illicit trade. Investigators attached tracking devices to broken televisions, which revealed that the TVs made Read More …

Where are WEee in Africa?

Title: Where are WEee in Africa? Publication Type: Report Year Of Publication: 2011 Author: Secretariat of the Basel Convention City: Geneva, Switzerland Abstract: The publication “Where are WEEE in Africa” was developed in the framework of the project entitled «Building local capacity to address the flow of e-wastes and electrical and electronic products destined for re-use in selected African countries and to augment the sustainable management of resources through the recovery of materials in e-wastes. The project is funded through Read More …

Domestic consumption main contributor to Africa’s growing E-waste

UN report finds imports of waste electronics from Europe exacerbate E-waste problem in Africa West Africa faces a rising tide of E-waste generated by domestic consumption of new and used electrical and electronic equipment, according to a new United Nations report. Domestic consumption makes up the majority (up to 85 percent) of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) produced in the region, according to the study. The E-waste problem in West Africa is further exacerbated by an ongoing stream of Read More …

Hazardous Substances

Electrical and electronic equipment contain different hazardous materials which are harmful to human health and the environment if not disposed of carefully. While some naturally occurring substances are harmless in nature, their use in the manufacture of electronic equipment often results in compounds which are hazardous (e.g. chromium becomes chromium VI). The following list gives a selection of the mostly found toxic substances in e-waste. Substance Occurrence in e-waste Halogenated compounds – PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) Condensers, Transformers – TBBA (tetrabromo-bisphenol-A) Read More …

Ghana e-Waste Country Assessment

Title Ghana e-Waste Country Assessment Publication Type Report Year of Publication 2011 Authors Amoyaw-Osei Y, Agyekum OO, Pwamang JA, Mueller E, Fasko R, Schluep M Prepared for Secretariat of the Basel Convention Pages 123 Institution Green Advocacy Ghana & Empa Switzerland City Accra, Ghana Abstract The Ghana e-Waste Country Assessment, comprising Component 1 and 2 of the Secretariat of the Basel Convention e-Waste Africa Project, was undertaken in the Accra – Tema area of Ghana between November 2009 and January 2011. The study subjects included; Read More …

e-Waste Definition

e-Waste for short – or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) – is the term used to describe old, end-of-life or discarded appliances using electricity. It includes computers, consumer electronics, fridges, etc which have been disposed of by their original users. On this website – the e-Waste Guide – “e-waste” is used as a generic term embracing all types of waste containing electrically powered components. e-Waste contains both valuable materials as well as hazardous materials which require special handling and recycling methods. Read More …

Weight

The following table presents a collection of the average weight of selected electric and electronic appliances. Note that the weight of a single item can vary a lot from the average weight, depending on design, age, etc. Item Average Weight (kg) Source Desktop Computer 9.9 Eugster et al. 2007 Laptop Computer 3.5 SWICO Recycling Guarantee 2006 / ecoinvent v2.0 CRT Screen 14.1 Laffely, J. 2007 / Zumbuehl, D. 2006 LCD Screen 4.7 SWICO Recycling Guarantee 2006 / ecoinvent v2.0 Mouse 0.05 Estimate / ecoinvent Read More …

Technical Report on the Assessment of e-Waste Management in Morocco

Title: Technical report on the assessment of e-waste management in Morocco Publication Type: Report Year of Publication: 2008 Author: Laissaoui SE, Rochat D Prepared for: HP / DSF / Empa project “e-Waste Management in Africa” Pages: 67 Institution: Moroccon Cleaner Production Center & Empa City: Casablanca, Morocco Abstract: The present “e-waste Assessment in Morocco” was conducted within the framework of the “e-Waste Management in Africa” project launched by HP in London on September 18th, 2007, in collaboration with Empa and Read More …

e-Waste Assessment South Africa

Title e-Waste assessment South Africa Publication Type Report Year of Publication 2008 Authors Finlay A, Liechti D Prepared for e-Waste Association of South Africa Pages 73 Institution Open research, Empa City Johannesburg / South Africa Abstract This assessment considers three primary e-waste streams: white goods, consumer electronics, and information technology (IT). By focusing on several tracer products in these categories – namely, fridges, washing machines, microwaves, TVs, PCs, printers, and mobile phones – it outlines the current e-waste situation in South Read More …

Management of CRT Glass from Discarded Computer Monitors and TV Sets

Title: Management of CRT glass from discarded computer monitors and TV sets Publication Type: Journal Article Year of Publication: 2008 Author Poon CS Journal Title: Waste Management Volume 28 Pages – 1499 Abstract   E-waste disposal, especially of Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT), has become a global environmental problem. News of suspicious shipments of discarded computer monitors and TV sets from developed countries in Europe and North America to the less developed countries are not uncommon. Due to rapid developments in Read More …