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Collection and Recycling of Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment in Sweden and Wuhan, China: - a Case Study
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Collection and Recycling of Waste from Electrical andElectronic Equipment in Sweden and Wuhan, China- a Case Study

This report investigates the possibilities to implement an organized collecting and recyclingsystem for domestic WEEE in Wuhan, China based on Swedish experience. Based onexperience from the Swedish system, suggestions were given on how to build an organisedsystem in Wuhan considering the local conditions. To understand the flow of WEEE, studyvisits and interviews were carried out in both countries as well as a study of the legislation.WEEE is one of the most complex waste streams and contains a large number of componentsof which the hazardous are of primary concern. Sweden has had producer responsibility forWEEE since 2001, which puts the financial burden of recycling on producers. Through theproducer responsibility organisation El-Kretsen, the producers created an effectivetransportation and recycling system and Sweden currently has one of the highest amounts ofcollected and recycled WEEE per capita in the world. In China an informal system has beenformed to meet the meet the demand of recyclable material from production companies. Theproblem with the current recycling methods is that it pollutes the environment and leads to illhealthamong the recyclers. To prevent this, China has recently legislated that the recyclershave to be qualified and use environmentally friendly methods, but more specific regulationsare needed. To change the informal system in Wuhan, both recyclers and producers need to beorganised to facilitate the dialogue with the authorities. Overall, information about thehazardous substances and components in WEEE and how to handle it needs to bedisseminated to both the recyclers and the public. To further understand the flow of WEEEand the recycling behaviour of the residents

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2009. , 54 p.
Keyword [en]
WEEE, hazardous components, collection, recycling, China
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-34612OAI: diva2:323131
Available from: 2010-06-09 Created: 2010-06-09 Last updated: 2010-06-09Bibliographically approved

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