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Electrical and electronic equipment when becoming waste (e-waste) such as personal computers, printers, televisions, mobile phones, refrigerators and air-conditioning units is one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the world today.

E-waste is categorized as hazardous waste due to the presence of toxic materials such as mercury, lead and brominated flame retardants are considered as hazardous waste according to the Basel Convention. E-waste may also contain precious metals such as gold, copper and nickel and rare materials of strategic value such as indium and palladium. These precious and heavy metals could be recovered, recycled and used as valuable source of secondary raw materials. It has been documented that e-wastes are shipped to developing countries where it is often not managed in an environmentally sound manner, thus posing a serious threat to both human health and the environment.

  • Policy document
    Chemicals of Concern in electronics: List of Lists and Regulatory Frameworks

    Chemicals of Concern in electronics: List of Lists and Regulatory Frameworks

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  • Report
    Chemicals of concern in electronics: Review of legislative and regulatory approach

    Chemicals of concern in electronics: Review of legislative and regulatory approach

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  • E-learning
    The E-Waste Challenge

    The E-Waste Challenge

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  • Report
    Global Waste Management Outlook

    Global Waste Management Outlook

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  • Report
    Tackling informalityin e-waste management: The potential of cooperative enterprises

    Tackling informalityin e-waste management: The potential of cooperative enterprises

    The present paper is the product of a joint effort by the Sectoral Activities Depart-ment and the Cooperatives Unit of the International Labour...

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  • Report
    The global impact of e-waste: Addressing the challenge

    The global impact of e-waste: Addressing the challenge

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  • Report
    Report of the International workshop on hazardous substances within the life-cycle of electrical and electronic products, held in Vienna, from 29 to 31 March 2011

    Report of the International workshop on hazardous substances within the life-cycle of electrical and electronic products, held in Vienna, from 29 to 31 March 2011

    Note by the secretariatThe secretariat has the honour to circulate, for the information of participants, the report of the International workshop...

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