Electronic Waste: Reuse, Recycling and Export Considerations


Jermaine L. Price (Editor)
Richard C. Cooper (Editor)

Series: Environmental Remediation Technologies, Regulations and Safety, Waste and Waste Management
BISAC: POL044000

Each year, consumers purchase millions of electronic devices, such as televisions, computers, and cell phones, and are faced with what to do with their used electronics. Recycling can recover a variety of materials, including precious metals, and many electronics can be reused or contain reusable components. Yet, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry data show that tens of millions of used electronics are thrown away each year. Moreover, because used electronics often contain toxic substances, such as lead and mercury, their end-of-life management raises concerns about the potential adverse impacts on human health and the environment, particularly when used electronics are exported to countries that lack a safe recycling and disposal capacity. This book examines the EPA’s current efforts to facilitate the environmentally sound management of used electronics, with a focus on the view of manufacturers, retailers, recyclers, state and local governments, and other stakeholders. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Electronic Waste: Considerations for Promoting Environmentally Sound Reuse and Recycling

Managing Electronic Waste: Issues with Exporting E-Waste
(Linda Luther, CRS)

Issues in International Trade Law: Restricting Exports of Electronic Waste
(Emily C. Barbour, CRS)


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