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E-waste in Gaborone, Botswana – assessing the generation, handling practices, and strategies for improvement
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2014 (English)In: The Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, ISSN 1088-1697, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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2014. no 4
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E-waste, Electrical and electronic equipment, Solid waste management, Resource recovery, Botswana
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Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113841OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-113841DiVA: diva2:785079
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Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Available from: 2015-02-02 Created: 2015-02-02 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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