Current status and research on E-waste issues in Asia

  • Atsushi Terazono
  • Shinsuke Murakami
  • Naoya Abe
  • Bulent Inanc
  • Yuichi Moriguchi
  • Shin-ichi Sakai
  • Michikazu Kojima
  • Aya Yoshida
  • Jinhui Li
  • Jianxin Yang
  • Ming H. Wong
  • Amit Jain
  • In-Suk Kim
  • Genandrialine L. Peralta
  • Chun-Chao Lin
  • Thumrongrut Mungcharoen
  • Eric Williams
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Abstract

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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© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Atsushi Terazono
    • 1
  • Shinsuke Murakami
    • 1
  • Naoya Abe
    • 1
  • Bulent Inanc
    • 1
  • Yuichi Moriguchi
    • 1
  • Shin-ichi Sakai
    • 2
  • Michikazu Kojima
    • 3
  • Aya Yoshida
    • 4
  • Jinhui Li
    • 5
  • Jianxin Yang
    • 6
  • Ming H. Wong
    • 7
  • Amit Jain
    • 8
  • In-Suk Kim
    • 9
  • Genandrialine L. Peralta
    • 10
  • Chun-Chao Lin
    • 11
  • Thumrongrut Mungcharoen
    • 12
  • Eric Williams
    • 13
  1. 1.National Institute for Environmental StudiesIbarakiJapan
  2. 2.Kyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  3. 3.Institute of Developing EconomiesJETROChibaJapan
  4. 4.University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  5. 5.Tsinghua University and Basel Convention Regional Center ChinaBeijingChina
  6. 6.Research Center for Eco-Environmental SciencesBeijingChina
  7. 7.Hong Kong Baptist UniversityHong KongChina
  8. 8.IRG Systems South Asia Pvt LtdNew DelhiIndia
  9. 9.LG Environmental Strategy InstituteSeoulKorea
  10. 10.University of the PhilippinesDilimanThe Philippines
  11. 11.Institute of Environment and ResourcesTaipeiTaiwan
  12. 12.Kasetsart University and National Metal and Materials Technology CenterBangkokThailand
  13. 13.Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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