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.
Chemicals of Concern in electronics: List of Lists and Regulatory Frameworks
Chemicals in products and hazardous substances within the life cycle of electrical and electronic products have been longstanding emerging policy...Read More
Chemicals of concern in electronics: Review of legislative and regulatory approach
This UNEP report provides a comprehensive but not necessarily exhaustive overview of the various regulatory approaches for CoC in EEE. Further...Read More
The E-Waste Challenge
This course will help the participants to understand why and how to manage e-waste in an environmentally sound manner and how action on e-waste could be taken in their own life, business, or organization.Read More
Global Waste Management Outlook
Better waste management offers great potential to help us meet the sustainability challenges ahead. Targeting decision-makers and many other inter...Read More
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...Read More
The global impact of e-waste: Addressing the challenge
Electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) is currently the largest growing waste stream. It is hazardous, complex and expensive to treat in an...Read More
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...Read More