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Strategies for Transitioning to Sustainable E-Waste Management Systems Globally, Regionally and Nationally

Authors: Shanomae Eastman


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Country: Guyana

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Abstract: The quantity of electronic waste generated globally is rising rapidly as a result of advanced technology, over reliance, and the use of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) beyond comprehension. The rapid technological advancements has resulted in a reduced lifespan of EEE resulting in enormous amounts of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). It is well recognized that EEE contains complex metallic and non-metallic components that, if improperly managed, can seriously disrupt the environment and endanger the survival of life. The majority of industrialized nations possess advanced methods for managing e-waste, well-defined system boundaries, technological expertise, strict legislation, appropriate recycling facilities, and trade with emerging and impoverished countries. However, because of a number of issues and a dearth of pertinent policies, the situation in emerging nations is different. WEEE are handled in developing nations by using a variety of low-end methods, including product reuse, traditional landfill disposal, open burning, and rudimentary "backyard" recycling. The bulk of developing and less developed countries lack the necessary legislation, gaps in policy formulation, socioeconomic and cultural hurdles, technology, and treatment facilities. The main issues affecting Guyana's management include absence of legislation, safe options for treatment and disposal, and inadequate inventory of data. The strategic interventions that are essential for sustainable e-waste management include urban mining, embracing the concept of a circular economy, fortifying existing laws and regulations, investing in adequate facilities for handling all waste streams and coordination and cooperation among all of the key stakeholders.

Keywords: E-waste, E-waste Generation, E-waste Management, Sustainable Management

Paper Id: 230513

Published On: 2024-03-22

Published In: Volume 12, Issue 2, March-April 2024

Cite This: Strategies for Transitioning to Sustainable E-Waste Management Systems Globally, Regionally and Nationally - Shanomae Eastman - IJIRMPS Volume 12, Issue 2, March-April 2024. DOI 10.37082/IJIRMPS.v12.i2.230513

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