South Pacific Regional E-waste Workshop
Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane, Australia
21 July 2010
Challenges and Strategies for Environmentally Sound Management of E-waste in the South Pacific Region
Electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world today. It is estimated that the world generates over 40 million tonnes of e-waste annually. Globally, the use of electrical and electronics goods is set to rise
sharply in the next 10 years. Improper handling of e-waste can cause harm to the environment and human health due to its toxic components such as mercury, lead, cadmium, polychlorinated biphenyls and brominated flame retardants. Several countries around the world have developed or are in the process of developing policies and regulations to
deal with this emerging threat. Strategies to develop environmentally sound management of e-waste in the South Pacific region are either absent or under development.
Aim of the Workshop
E-waste 2010 will identify the major challenges and strategies associated with environmentally sound management of e-waste in the South Pacific Region. The workshop will develop a synthesis of the existing situation and discuss suitable approaches to deal with the challenges ahead. The StEP initiative
will hold its South Pacific Regional Workshop on E-waste in mid-2011 in Australia. The outcomes of E-waste 2010 will be formally submitted to the Steering Committee of StEP with recommendations that such outcomes form the basis for development of the StEP workshop.