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Handbook of Electronic Waste Management - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128170304, 9780128170311

Handbook of Electronic Waste Management

1st Edition

International Best Practices and Case Studies

Editors: Majeti Narasimha Vara Prasad Meththika Vithanage Anwesha Borthakur
Paperback ISBN: 9780128170304
eBook ISBN: 9780128170311
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 22nd November 2019
Page Count: 642
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Handbook of Electronic Waste Management: International Best Practices and Case Studies begin with a brief summary of the environmental challenges associated with the approaches used in international e-waste handling. The book's authors offer a detailed presentation of e-waste handling methods that also includes examples to further demonstrate how they work in the real world. This is followed by data that reveals the geographies of e-waste flows at global, national and subnational levels. Users will find this resource to be a detailed presentation of e-waste estimation methods that also addresses both the handling of e-waste and their hazardous effect on the surrounding environment.

Key Features

  • Includes case studies to illustrate the implementation of innovative e-waste treatment technologies
  • Provides methods for designing and managing e-waste management networks in accordance with regulations, fulfilment obligations and process efficiency
  • Reference guide for adapting traditional waste management methods and handling practices to the handling and storage of electronic waste until disposal
  • Provides e-waste handling solutions for both urban and rural perspectives


Professionals involved in electronic waste, health hazards, metallic fractions (MFs), non-metallic fractions (NMFs), recycling techniques and wastes printed circuit boards (WPCB)

Table of Contents


Part 1 Thematic

1 An overview of treatment technologies of e-wastes

Peeranart Kiddee, Jatindra Kumar Pradhan, Sanchita Mandal, Jayanta Kumar Biswas and Binoy Sarkar

2 Urban mining of e-waste: treasure hunting for precious nanometals

Sammani Ramanayaka, S. Keerthanan and Meththika Vithanage

3 Biochemical hazards associated with unsafe disposal of electrical and electronic items

Kalyani Korla and Chanchal K. Mitra

4 Policy issues for efficient management of e-waste in developing countries

Rajiv Ranjan Srivastava and Pankaj Pathak

5 E-waste as a challenge for public and ecosystem health

Lakshika Weerasundara, Kushani Mahatantila and Meththika Vithanage

6 Electrochemical enhanced metal extraction from e-waste

Ahamed Ashiq, Asitha Cooray, Srikanth Chakravartula Srivatsa and Meththika Vithanage

7 Phytoremediation for e-waste contaminated sites

Viraj Gunarathne, Sameera R. Gunatilake, Sachithra T. Wanasinghe, Thilakshani Atugoda, Prabuddhi Wijekoon, Jayanta Kumar Biswas and Meththika Vithanage

8 Organic pollutants from e-waste and their electrokinetic remediation

Don Liyanage and Janitha Walpita

9 Mapping the emergence of research activities on “e-waste”: a scientometric analysis and an in-depth review

Anwesha Borthakur and Pardeep Singh

Part 2 Case studies

10 Waste electrical and electronic equipment in India: diversity, flows, and resource recovery approaches

M.N.V. Prasad

11 Socio-technological challenges in formalization of e-waste recycling in India

Pooja Pandey

12 Electrical and electronic waste in Pakistan: the management practices and perspectives

Sadia Ilyas, Rajiv R. Srivastava and Zaigham Abbas

13 Challenges in e-waste management in Sri Lanka

Wilka Wayanthi Ranasinghe and Bandunee C.L. Athapattu

14 Electronic waste management practices in Nigeria

I.C. Nnorom and O.A. Odeyingbo

15 e-Waste recycling slum in the heart of Accra, Ghana: the dirty secrets

Martin Oteng-Ababio

16 E-waste situation and current practices in Brazil

Ricardo Gabbay Souza

17 The impact of waste of electrical and electronic equipment public police in Latin America: analysis of the physical, economical, and information flow

Luz Ange´lica Rodrı´guez-Bello and Enrique Estupin˜a´n-Escalante

18 Environmental pollution of e-waste: generation, collection, legislation, and recycling practices in Mexico

Claudia Estela Saldan˜a Dura´n, Gerardo Bernache Pe´rez, Sara Ojeda-Benitez and Samantha E. Cruz-Sotelo

19 Improving sustainability of e-waste management through the systemic design of solutions: the cases of Colombia and Ecuador

S. Me´ndez-Fajardo, H. Bo¨ni, P. Vanegas and D Sucozhanay

20 e-Waste management in Ecuador, current situation and perspectives

Paul Vanegas, Andre´s Martı´nez-Moscoso, Dolores Sucozhanay, Pablo Pano, Andre´s Tello, Adriana Abril, Ismael Izquierdo, Gustavo Pacheco and Marc Craps

21 The Chilean regulation of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE): some of the challenges and opportunities to incorporate informal e-waste recyclers

Uca Silva and Gloria Baigorrotegui

22 Electronic waste management in Romania: pathways for sustainable practices

Florin-Constantin Mihai

23 e-Waste management practices in Australia

Md Tasbirul Islam and Nazmul Huda

24 E-waste policies in the United States: minimalistic federal action and fragmented subnational activities

Katja Biedenkopf



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About the Editors

Majeti Narasimha Vara Prasad

Majeti Narasimha Vara Prasad is an emeritus professor in the School of Sciences at the University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India. He also taught at the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India. He has made significant contributions to the field of plant-metal interactions, bioremediation, and bioeconomy. He has also published over 210 research articles in peer-reviewed journals with Google Scholar h-index of 61. He is the author, co-author, editor and co-editor of several books by leading international publishers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, India

Meththika Vithanage

She is the leader of the Ecosphere Resilience Research Center, Faculty of Applied Science at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, Visiting Associate Research Professor, National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka and an Adjunct Associate Research Professor at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Dr. Vithanage’s research approach builds on enabling measurements of concentrations and reaction rates in environmental samples for key/emerging pollutants in the environment in order to assess their fate and transport to discover solutions to remediate those using different geo/bio/nano materials. Dr. Vithanage is particularly interested in elucidating the mechanistic understanding of release/remediation of pollutants with contrasting physical and chemical properties that can be used to obtain insights into environmental partitioning, chemical persistence and ultimate accumulation in biota. To this end, her current research interests are focused on monitoring atmospheric deposition, landfill leachate, water and soil for pollutants, develop and enhance the properties of biochar, nano/geo substances and composites as material for environmental remediation. She has received several awards from,TWAS-NSF Award for the Young Scientist, American Geophysical Union, Presidential Awards for Publications, Awards for science popularization and for post graduate supervision by the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka. She is a Young Affiliate of the Third World Academy of Sciences. She was the Chairperson of the Young Scientists Forum on the National Science and Technology Commission of Sri Lanka in 2017. Currently, she is the President of the Engineering, Architecture, Surveying Section of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. She has contributed more than 80 Science Citation Indexed journal articles and 25 book chapters. Her citation record is now passed 2300 with an H index of 24.

Affiliations and Expertise

Leader of the Ecosphere Resilience Research Center, Faculty of Applied Science at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Anwesha Borthakur

Dr. Anwesha Borthakur is a research fellow at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has an M.Phil and PhD in Science Policy Studies. The area of her both M.Phil and PhD studies was waste management and policy implications in India. She has published more than 30 papers/chapters in international peer-reviewed journals and books. Presently working as a Post Doctoral Fellow.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Fellow, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India

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