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Protecting Environment, Managing E-Waste and Ensuring Development: Perspective on ‘Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment’ Situation in Guiyu, Agbogbloshie and Dhaka

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Fast development of the electronics industry and an eminent value of obsolescence of the electronic productions conduce to the uninterrupted production of great amounts of electronic waste or e-wasteworldwide. Due to the frequent commingling of a wide range of reusable, or recyclable, and non-recyclable surplus electronics, the term "e-waste" infer all sorts of these leftovers. Even though the economic benefits are potentially enormous, only a small proportion of the electronic waste is being recycled all around. There is a transaction cost associated with therecycling process due to the environmental protection regulations, hence economically less attractiveat the industry level in developed nations. However, to the least developed nations where owing to low living standard the demand for the better quality environment is low, even nonexistent, recycling e-waste has become a livelihood earning opportunity. The study intends to interpret the socio-economic consequences of e-wastes by focusing the detrimental effects that it have created in China and Ghana, and attempts to outline what developing nations like Bangladesh can do to prevent or reduce the harmful consequences of it.


International Letters of Natural Sciences (Volume 52)
M. R. Masoom and M. M. K. Toufique, "Protecting Environment, Managing E-Waste and Ensuring Development: Perspective on ‘Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment’ Situation in Guiyu, Agbogbloshie and Dhaka", International Letters of Natural Sciences, Vol. 52, pp. 88-96, 2016
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Mar 2016

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