International aspects of recycling of electrical and electronic equipment: Material circulation in the East Asian region

Eiji Hosoda

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Abstract

This article examines the present circumstances of recycling of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment discarded in Japan from the domestic and international viewpoints of material circulation. It is pointed out that some of the discarded items are absorbed into an invisible flow by informal economic activities, being exported in the form of secondhand equipment and secondary materials. Since the equipment has a pollution potential as well as a resource potential, it is anticipated that the pollution potential may possibly be realized if the equipment is mishandled at recycling plants in developing countries. To reduce the invisible flow as much as possible and to reduce the pollution potential from diffusion in developing countries, a policy tool such as extended producer responsibility should be applied to retailers of the equipment, as well as to producers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-150
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Material Cycles and Waste Management
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sep 1

Keywords

  • End-of-life electrical and electronic equipment
  • Extended Producer Responsibility
  • Material circulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Mechanics of Materials

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