E-waste in Gaborone, Botswana – assessing the generation, handling practices, and strategies for improvement
2014 (English)In: The Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, ISSN 1088-1697, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
E-waste includes components with economic and environmental importance, thus the need for their sound end-of-life management. This study provides fundamentals regarding the amounts, flows, and handling practices of e-waste in Gaborone, Botswana. A number of relevant stakeholder organisations were interviewed and an in situ waste composition study was conducted. The concentration of e-waste arriving at the municipal landfill is less than 1 weight per cent, corresponding to about 1.9 kg/capita/year, far less compared to the estimated 8 weight per cent for European Union countries. However, obsolete electr(on)ics are in urban storages primarily due to a lack of tapping mechanisms. Among several inadequacies of the current handling practices is the absence of an e-waste management framework. Improvement routes discussed include public sensitisation and engagement, capacity building, and future exploitation of potentially suitable end-of-life treatment options including the novel phenomenon of enhanced landfill mining.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. no 4
E-waste, Electrical and electronic equipment, Solid waste management, Resource recovery, Botswana
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113841OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-113841DiVA: diva2:785079
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