Inventory Assessment Manual

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) or E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. In developed countries, it equals 1% of total solid waste on an average. The increasing “market penetration in developing countries, replacement market in developed countries and high obsolescence rate make WEEE/E-waste one of the fastest waste streams. There is a pressing need to address e-waste management particularly in developing countries. The presence of valuable recyclable components attracts informal and unorganised sector. The unsafe and environmentally risky practices adopted by them pose great risks to health and environment. For effective WEEE/E-waste management, we need to quantify and characterize this waste stream, identify major waste generators, and assess the risks involved. A scientific, safe and environmentally sound management system, including policies and technologies, needs to be developed and implemented.

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