Social Life Cycle Inventory and Impact Assessment of Informal recycling of Electronic ICT Waste in Pakistan
2013 (English)In: ICT4S 2013: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability, ETH Zurich, February 14-16, 2013 / [ed] Lorenz M. Hilty, Bernard Aebischer, Göran Andersson, Wolfgang Lohmann, Zürich, 2013, 52-58 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
In order to meet the growing needs of information and communication technology, companies are producing new and improved products every day. With every new product in the market another product becomes obsolete. These obsolete products are being added to the world’s fastest growing waste stream. 20-50 million computers become waste each year. It has been estimated that 20% of electronic waste is formally recycled, while 80% is shipped to developing countries where it is recycled informally through crude process. It’s manually dismantled, burned, dumped and dipped in acids to extract precious metals. One such nation which is at the receiving end of this waste stream is Pakistan. This business has become a very profitable business and requires very little expertise to conduct these crude procedures. These activities do not just add toxics to the environment but has great social and health impact on its workers. There lies a great need to study the impacts of these processes on environment, workers, community and the society. In order to study this, a detailed on-site inventory and assessment of informal electronic waste recycling has been conducted using the UNEP guidelines on Social Life Cycle Assessment. This study shows that apart from income generation and recovery of various metals and materials, informal recycling has drastic impacts on its workers and the local community.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Zürich, 2013. 52-58 p.
Electronic waste, Informal recycling, Social Life Cycle Assessment, Pakistan
Other Environmental Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-124252OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-124252DiVA: diva2:633952
International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability
QC 201308142013-06-282013-06-282013-12-05Bibliographically approved