Urban Mining and the Metal Recovery from E-Waste (MREW) Supply Chain

  • Biswajit Debnath
  • Ranjana Chowdhury
  • Sadhan Kumar GhoshEmail author
Conference paper


The demand for electronic items is increasing with a change in our lifestyle. The lifespan of the electronics has decreased and is pilling up as electronic waste all over the world. E-waste is a source of different types of metals and technologies are being developed to recover metal from e-waste. Urban mining, which is a new concept, can significantly boost the recycling rate of e-waste. Metals and other resources can be recovered from e-waste and can be circulated back to the value chain. Metal Recovery from E-Waste (MREW) is a very lucrative business in the world. In order to sustain these type of business, it is essential to establish a strong and efficient supply chain. In this study, the issue of urban mining from e-waste has been addressed and the relevance of MREW to it has been discussed. For sustainable urban mining, a supply chain framework has been developed which will ensure a circular economy. Findings of this paper are expected to be beneficial for researchers, practitioners and other relevant people in the loop.


Urban mining Supply chain framework MREW E-waste Circular economy International society of waste management Air and water 



The authors would like to acknowledge International Society of Waste Management, Air and Water (ISWMAW) for partially funding the project. Additionally, the help and cooperation from Dr. Prasanta Kumar Dey, Aston University; Centre for Quality Management Systems (CQMS) Jadavpur University, Kolkata; Consortium of Researchers for Environmental Protection, Sustainability and Climate Change (CREPSCC) are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Biswajit Debnath
    • 1
  • Ranjana Chowdhury
    • 1
  • Sadhan Kumar Ghosh
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia

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