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22 Feb 2010 03:02:24

UN calls for e-waste measures in emerging economies

UN calls for e-waste measures in emerging economies
A new report from the United Nations has warned that developing countries need to prepare for a sharp increase in electronic waste.

The market for electronic goods is set to increase, presenting serious risks for both the environment and public health.

India and China were singled out in the report because the amount that the countries send to landfill is expected to more than double over the next ten years.

Currently, the amount of computers thrown out is expected to jump by 500 percent on 2007 levels by 2020 in India. In addition, discarded mobile phone waste will jump by 18 percent on 2007 figures.

In the case of China, the environmental impact of an expected increase will be compounded by toxic informal recycling practices and the import of waste from developed countries.

A lack of 'awareness' around the issue, poor law enforcement and the size of some of the nations facing sharp increases is hindering the potential for using advanced recycling technologies, according to the UN.

Ahead of the expected rise, the report recommends that nations likely to be affected institute e-waste management 'centres of excellence', in collaboration with existing recycling bodies in their country.



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Duncan wrote:

22 Feb 2010

South Korean Electronic Waste Manifest System.

The electronic waste manifest system is an information system which allows individuals to access - via the Internet - the entire waste treatment process ranging from initial collection/transfer of industrial wastes, incineration, crushing or other intermediate treatment to final landfilling.

Those businesses discharging industrial wastes must register on the web pages of the Korea Environment and Resources Corporation and input all waste discharge information so that all relevant government bodies, including the MOE and local governments can check it in real-time.

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