E-waste

E-waste or WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. Some of the notable items under this category include personal computers, mobile phones, refrigerators, televisions, and washing machines. The technical innovations and rapid change in the models of these entities have generated huge quantum of waste. With the increasing level of penetration, supplemented by high rate of obsolescence of these equipment, the generation of electronic waste is expected to rise. Over the last few years, technology upgradation and end of useful life span of electronic and electrical products are churning out the waste that requires the use of environmentally sound management practices for recycling and disposal. The European Union and other advanced countries have addressed this issue by taking policy initiatives and adopting scientific recycling and disposal methods.


Global e-waste growth ................................................................... 3

Dark shadows of digitization on Indian horizon ......................... 23

E-waste generation, mitigation, and a case study, Delhi .......... 45

Whither e-waste in India the Indo-German-Swiss Initiative .... 69

Hazardous substances in waste electrical and electronic equipmenttoxicity and release .................................................. 91

Occupational and environmental health perspectives of e-waste recycling in India: a review .......................................... 121

E-waste legislation in the European Union and the Basel Convention ....................................................................... 151

Regulating e-waste: a review of the international and national legal framework on e-waste ........................................ 169

Extended producer responsibility: a key tool for international rules and regulations on e-waste .............................................. 189

Optimal planning for computer waste .......................................203

Recycling of e-scrap in a global environmentopportunities and challenges ............................................................................ 217

Technologies for recovery of resources from electronic waste ...........................................................................................233

Guidelines for environmentally sound management of e-waste .......................................................................................253

Index ...........................................................................................353