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E-waste management in Botswana
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Electr(on)ic equipments possess parts and components with high economic value and environmental peril which prompts a potential need to assess the EEE’s management at EoL. E-waste management in developing countries is one of the least revised environmental topics. In recent times however the subject is getting research limelight from scholars. This study aims at enhancing the existing e-waste management practice in Gaborone, Botswana through systematic investigation of the current circulation, usage, handling and management of W(EEEs). Several stakeholders in the solid waste management system were interviewed and also an in situ (on the landfill) waste composition study was conducted in line with the aims and objectives of the research. The study finds that WEEEs do not have exclusively designed management structure in Gaborone and they rather flow source to sink usually blended with the general waste derived from the entire socio-economic activity. Waste composition study conducted on the landfill indicates a very low percentage composition (less than 1%) of WEEEs in the junk corresponding to 1.9 kg/capita/year. Substantial amount of obsolete EEEs rather seem to linger in the socio-economic system until a capable tapping mechanism is installed. An integrated e-waste management system cored around public sensitisation and the novel phenomenon of Enhanced landfill mining which simultaneously offers time to consult developed countries for expertise on sustainable WEEE management is proposed. The impetus to close the linear flow of electr(on)ic materials remain with the government and a range of stakeholders/interest groups who seek to gain economic advantages and also trim down environmental implications from the circulating and landfilled W(EEEs). 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 54 p.
Keyword [en]
WEEEs, Solid waste management, Resource recovery
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-69213ISRN: LIU-IEI-TEK-A--11/01124--SEOAI: diva2:424585
Subject / course
Environmental Technology and Management
2011-06-16, A36, A-hus, Linkoping University, Linkoping, 10:15 (English)
Available from: 2011-06-20 Created: 2011-06-18 Last updated: 2011-06-20Bibliographically approved

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