StEP green paper explores policy solutions to e-waste problem
The Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative has released a new green paper that delves into the various policies that have been enacted in response to the global e-waste problem.
The E-waste Prevention, Take-back System Design and Policy Approaches green paper presents 17 case studies from 15 different countries, each of which takes a different approach to lessening the environmental and human health damage that can result from improper disposal and treatment of e-waste.
Authors Duncan McCann of WEEE Help and Annelaure Wittmann of Enda Europe investigate the pros and cons of e-waste prevention and take-back systems in various settings from the policy perspectives of role-setting, logistics, financing and controlling illegal transboundary flows of e-waste. They also cover options for preventing the creation, consumption and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment in the first place, favoring reduction and reuse over recycling.
Though no one-size-fits-all solution exists for managing e-waste in every country, this green paper can be used and shared as a tool to learn what may work for a given region or country.
The full text of the paper can be found here.