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The StEP paper “Case studies and approaches to building partnerships between the informal and the formal sector for sustainable e-waste management” highlights existing partnership models in different countries around the world. The partnership concept in this document aims to support the achievement of high recycling rates and legislative requirements, under extended producer responsibility (EPR) or other take-back systems in low and middle-income countries.

Exploring potential benefits and challenges in different partnerships or alliances between formal and informal sector is of utmost importance in order to promote integrated solutions among different actors, provide social, financial and health benefits as well as to guarantee a sustainable management of waste material throughout the value chain. This paper is the result of a joint effort by members of the Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) initiative, who conducted a review of existing e-waste partnerships. The information gathered is based on practical experience, secondary literature research as well as case studies obtained through a survey with Producer Responsibility Organizations and other initiatives in different countries.

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