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

Takayoshi Shinkuma, Shunsuke Managi

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-267
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Impact Assessment Review
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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