White Paper: Transboundary Movements of Discarded Electrical and Electronic Equipment

The global trade and traffic in used and end-of-life electronics has become a serious matter of concern over the past decade. Building on primary archival and ethnographic research, as well as secondary sources, such as recent studies and reports on global flows, this green paper describes, quantifies and analyses the global trajectory of discarded electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).In addition, the paper reviews the key international, regional and national regulations and guidelines that govern the transboundary flows of this material stream. Finally, the paper describes and analyses the drivers of export, as well as the various loopholes and leakages that facilitate the global flow of used and end-of-life electronics.

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