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E-waste management as a global challenge (introductory chapter)

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Mihai, Florin-Constantin; Gnoni, Maria-Grazie

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Abstract Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment management (E-waste or WEEE) is a crucial issue in the solid waste management sector with global interconnections between well-developed, transitional and developing countries. Consumption society and addiction to technology dictate the daily life in high and middle-income countries where population consumes large amounts of EEE products (electrical and electronic equipment) which sooner become e-waste. This fraction is a fast-growing waste stream which needs special treatment and management due to the toxic potential of public health and environment. On the other hand, the e-waste contains valuable materials which may be recovered (precious metals, Cu) reused and recycled (metals, plastics) by various industries mitigating the consumption of natural resources. The new challenge of e-waste management system is to shift the paradigm from a toxic pollution source to a viable resource in the context of sustainable development.
Keywords electronics; waste processing; recycling management; recycling; waste management; waste disposal; electrical industry; consumption; environmental impact; environmental pollution; health consequences; sustainable development
Classification Ecology, Environment; Economic Sectors
Free Keywords e-waste
Editor Mihai, Florin-Constantin
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Publisher Intech
City Rijeka
Page/Pages p. 1-8
ISBN 978-953-51-2500-6
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike