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Producer Responsibility: A Solution to e-Waste in the Developing World?

Lund University (Sweden) student Panate Manomaivibool's thesis shows how lessons can be learnt from the OECD countries' solutions when tackling the problem and developing relevant legislation. ScienceDaily provides an excellent synopsis of the thesis.

UN: e-Waste Imports Add to Growing Problem in West Africa

Aside from domestic consumption, the e-waste problem in West Africa is exacerbated by an ongoing stream of used EEE from industrialized countries, much of it labeled for “re-use” but proving to be e-waste, says a new report by the UN.

Massive Toxics Trade Bust

A major toxic waste seizure in Indonesia reveals the dirty underbelly of scrap metal exporting: Brokers mislabel e-waste as scrap steel, skirting customs laws, delivering poisons to developing countries. This report comes to us via industry newsletter Resource Recycling.

Alcoa and Waste Management Join Coalition for American Electronics Recycling

CAER announced today that Alcoa, world’s leading aluminum producer, and Waste Management Recycle America, North America’s leading provider of integrated environmental solutions, have joined the alliance supporting sustainable electronics recycling for the benefit of the American economy.

From BBC News: EU Adopts New e-Waste Law

The BBC reports that the European Parliament has passed a new law to curb dumping of electronic goods such as mobile phones, computers and TV sets in landfill sites.

Pakistani Newspaper Notes e-Waste Imports, Risks

In-country report: Hazardous E-waste has become one of the biggest health risks of this century in Pakistan, with rising trend of bulk imports of used and obsolete computers and other electronic equipment from the West, taking full advantage of “yet to be enacted E-waste laws” in the country.

E-Waste Legislation Gaining Support

The potential to create jobs and stop toxic electronic waste from being exported has spurred the world’s largest recycler to support proposed federal legislation. Read this article from American Metal Market, December 30, 2011.