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L.1101: Measurement methods to characterize rare metals in information and communication technology goods

2014

International Telecommunication Union

Information and communication technology (ICT) goods, which consist of many parts and modules, are comprised of relatively small quantities of rare metals and larger quantities of major materials (e.g., iron, nonferrous metals, plastics, glasses, and engineering ceramics). The...

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The Global E-waste Monitor 2014 Quantities, flows and resources

2014

The Global E-waste Monitor 2014: Quantified, Flows and Resources is the first publication and provided an unprecedented level of detail and accuracy about the size of the world’s e-waste challenge, ongoing progress in establishing specialized e-waste collection and treatment s...

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e-Waste Treatment Facility in Uganda Economic Feasibility Study

2014

United Nations Industrial Development Organization

To address the issue of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) or e-waste in Uganda the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) aimed at the implementation of a manual e-waste treatment facility in Kampala, Uganda. As a first step, this report pres...

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Recommendations for Standards Development for Collection, Storage, Transport and Treatment of E-waste

2014

This report provided StEP Initiative’s recommendations for a comprehensive approach to responsible e-waste management to be included in a standard or set of standards aimed at the responsible collection, handling, treatment and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment a...

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Tackling informality in e-waste management: The potential of cooperative enterprises

2014

International Labour Organization

As a follow up to the working paper The global impact of e-waste: Addressing the challenge (1), this paper provides further insight on the e-waste sector, focusing on labour challenges and opportunities to leverage working conditions through the promotion of cooperatives and o...

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L.1010: Green battery solutions for mobile phones and other hand-held information and communication technology devices

2014

International Telecommunication Union

Recommendation ITU-T L.1010 defines a minimum set of parameters necessary to identify green battery solutions that should be considered by developers/manufacturers to reduce the future environmental impact of battery use. The provision of so-called green batteries is to extend...

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L.Sup5: Life-cycle management of ICT goods

2014

International Telecommunication Union

Supplement ITU-T L.Suppl.5 has been developed to provide information for the practical implementation of the life-cycle approach in companies, facilities and plants as well as distributors, including chapters on best practices with a specific focus on material usage and select...

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Differentiating EEE products and Wastes

2014

This paper discusses the provisions of the Basel Convention that concern e-wastes, and it further examines the potential impact of the Draft technical guidelines on transboundary movements of e-waste and used electrical and electronic equipment, in particular regarding the dis...

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Metal Recycling Opportunities, Limits, Infrastructure

2013

United Nations Environment Programme

This report informs policymakers about how the recycling of metals can be optimized on an economic and technological basis along product life cycles in the move towards sustainable metals management. The report discusses how to increase metal-recycling rates – and thus resourc...

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E-waste in China: A Country Report

2013

The goal of this report was to enable a better understanding of the e-waste system in China, including actors, projects, policies and other factors, and to facilitate further discussion, project initiation and communication among organizations working on e-waste in China.

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