Evaluating Sustainability of E-waste Treatment in ...

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GRØN DYST 2014 Technical University of Denmark

Evaluating Sustainability of E-waste Treatment in Korea based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Method
Author:Heesun Shin (KAIST Civil and Environmental Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Denmark)
Date: 2014-06-27     Track: Main     Session: 1

Electronic waste, so called E-waste is one of the fastest growing wastes in the world. It is very critical to properly treat E-waste, since they contain toxic materials such as mercury, lead or cadmium. When they are incinerated, noxious hormones and toxic materials that can cause cancer and genital troubles are produced. They also cause soil pollution when they are dumped to the landfill. In this regard, a proper treatment and recycling are required. In this research, we focus on the End of Life (EoL) stage of E-waste and evaluate sustainability of E-waste treatment in Korea, using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method. In this paper, we evaluate the sustainability of one type of electronic waste, particularly in the end of life stage. We then compare the recycled E-waste and discarded E-waste. It is expected that the result will support private and public E-waste treatment companies.