Business And Economic Potential From E-waste Resource Recovery In Asia Pacific Region

IJEP 41(8): 913-917 : Vol. 41 Issue. 8 (August 2021)

Sunil Herat*

Griffith University, School of Engineering and Built Environment, Queensland, Australia


Sound management of used electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), known as e-waste, is generated at a higher rate than most other waste streams in many countries. According to the United Nations, the world produced 53 million metric tonnes (Mt) of e-waste in 2019, mostly from the Asian region. E-waste contains many toxic compounds, poorly managed could cause severe environmental and human health issues. E-waste also contains valuable metals for resource recovery. Environmentally sound management (ESM) of e-waste is inadequate in many developing countries due to a lack of financial resources, infrastructure and the informal recycling sector’s dominance. Many countries have been developing regulations based on extended producer responsibility (EPR) concepts. This paper aims to review the business and economic potential of e-waste resource recovery in the Asia Pacific countries.


E-waste, Asia Pacific, Recycling, Resource recovery, Extended producer responsibility, Public-private partnerships


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