Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 1–12

Current status and research on E-waste issues in Asia


    • National Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Shinsuke Murakami
    • National Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Naoya Abe
    • National Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Bulent Inanc
    • National Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Yuichi Moriguchi
    • National Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Shin-ichi Sakai
    • Kyoto University
  • Michikazu Kojima
    • Institute of Developing EconomiesJETRO
  • Aya Yoshida
    • University of Tokyo
  • Jinhui Li
    • Tsinghua University and Basel Convention Regional Center China
  • Jianxin Yang
    • Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences
  • Ming H. Wong
    • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Amit Jain
    • IRG Systems South Asia Pvt Ltd
  • In-Suk Kim
    • LG Environmental Strategy Institute
  • Genandrialine L. Peralta
    • University of the Philippines
  • Chun-Chao Lin
    • Institute of Environment and Resources
  • Thumrongrut Mungcharoen
    • Kasetsart University and National Metal and Materials Technology Center
  • Eric Williams
    • Carnegie Mellon University

DOI: 10.1007/s10163-005-0147-0

Cite this article as:
Terazono, A., Murakami, S., Abe, N. et al. J Mater Cycles Waste Manag (2006) 8: 1. doi:10.1007/s10163-005-0147-0


Rapid economic growth in Asia and the increasing transboundary movement of secondary resources will increasingly require both 3R endeavors (reduce, reuse, recycle) in each country and appropriate control of international material cycles. Recently, managing electrical and electronic waste (E-waste) has become an important target for domestic and international material cycles from the viewpoints of environmental preservation and resource utilization efficiency. To understand the current status of E-waste issues in the context of international material cycles and to discuss the future tasks related to achieving 3R in the region, we organized the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) E-waste Workshop in December 2004. This article reviews past studies on E-waste and briefly describes the topics presented and discussions held at the workshop. The topics at the workshop included E-waste generation, recycling systems, international trade, and environmental impacts. In addition, we discussed various issues such as terminology, current environmental concerns, and possible solutions. Transboundary shipments of E-waste should be conducted taking into consideration the concept of sustainable development. The direction of future research and possible collaborations are also discussed.

Key words

E-waste Asia Recycling systems Material cycles Environmental preservation

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