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Development of E-waste recycling infrastructure in Africa

Bates, M. P., Castren, H., Cox-Kearns, J., Guilcher, H., Janse Van Rensburg, R., Perry, J., Smit, E., Vött, U. and Truscott, R. (2014) Development of E-waste recycling infrastructure in Africa. Panel Presentation presented to: Going Green - CARE Innovation 2014, Vienna, Austria, 17-20 November 2014. (Unpublished)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Panel Presentation)
Abstract: The paper presents the activities of an alliance of original equipment manufacturers (e-waste solutions alliance for Africa). A sustainable solution to the electronic waste problem in Africa is discussed, including how the proposed solution works with the existing formal and informal sectors. The application of EPR (extended producer responsibility) is described, together with clear allocation of roles and responsibilities. The importance of clear definitions, standards and control mechanisms is presented together with key aspects and review of legislation required to facilitate business investment. In the proposed solution electronic waste management is considered an opportunity to recover valuable materials, create jobs and protect the environment and human health. The plans do not solely focus on the valuable end of life products, they also consider the entire ICT e-waste stream including problematic materials and fractions (currently being burned or landfilled), as well as materials and fractions with no value.
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD783 Municipal refuse. Solid wastes > TD799.85 Waste electronic apparatus and appliances
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE300 Environmental management
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD794.5 Recycling
Creators: Bates, Margaret P, Castren, Helena, Cox-Kearns, Jean, Guilcher, Hervé, Janse Van Rensburg, Ruben, Perry, Jonathan, Smit, Eelco, Vött, Ulrike and Truscott, Robert
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > China and Emerging Economies Centre
Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Environmental Science
Date: 20 November 2014
Date Type: Presentation
Event Title: Going Green - CARE Innovation 2014
Event Dates: 17-20 November 2014
Event Location: Vienna, Austria
Event Type: Conference
Language: English
Status: Unpublished
URI: http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/id/eprint/7392

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