On the effectiveness of a license scheme for E-waste recycling : the challenge of China and India

Shinkuma, Takayoshi & Managi, Shunsuke (2010) On the effectiveness of a license scheme for E-waste recycling : the challenge of China and India. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 30(4), pp. 262-267.

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It is well known that China and India have been recycling centers of WEEE, especially printed circuit boards, and that serious environmental pollution in these countries has been generated by improper recycling methods. After the governments of China and India banned improper recycling by the informal sector, improper recycling activities spread to other places. Then, these governments changed their policies to one of promoting proper recycling by introducing a scheme, under which E-waste recycling requires a license issued by the government. In this paper, the effectiveness of that license scheme is examined by means of an economic model. It can be shown that the license scheme can work effectively only if disposers of E-waste have a responsibility to sell E-waste to license holders. Our results run counter to the idea that international E-waste trade should be banned and provide an alternative solution to the problem.

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ID Code: 75471
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: China; E-waste; India; Informal sector; License for E-waste recycling; WEEE
DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2009.09.002
ISSN: 0195-9255
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 24 Aug 2014 23:16
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2014 01:24

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