Electronic Waste and Its Regulation

  • Shirley ThompsonEmail author
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Part of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology Series book series (ESSTS)


Design for environment (DfE)

The various design approaches geared at reducing the overall environmental impact of a product, process, or service, considering environmental impacts across the product’s life cycle.


The process of recycling the components in used or discarded electronic equipment.

Electronic waste, e-waste, and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

Old, end-of-life, or discarded appliances using electricity and includes computers, consumer electronics, fridges, etc., which have been disposed of by their original users.

Extended producer responsibility (EPR)

Entails making manufacturers responsible for the entire life cycle of the products and packaging they produce based on the “polluter pays principle.”

Persistent and bioaccumulative toxins (PBT)

Compounds that are resistant to environmental degradation. Toxins that do not break down quickly persist in the environment, bioaccumulate in human and animal tissue, with potentially significant...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Natural Resources InstituteUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • A. C. (Thanos) Bourtsalas
    • 1
  • Nickolas J. Themelis
    • 2
  1. 1.Earth Engineering Center, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Columbia UniversityEarth and Environmental EngineeringNew YorkUSA

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