Recycling of used electronics in Singapore

Tan, Heng Tsin Stanley (2007) Recycling of used electronics in Singapore. [USQ Project]


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[Abstract]: Electronic waste is easily generated as people increasingly use electronic and electrical equipment in the daily life. Technology advances rapidly and this caused the life span of electronic products to become increasingly shorter. As a result, electronic wastes are rapidly generated in our industry and society. Electronic waste buried in landfills will cause toxins to leach into the environment. If they are incinerated, they produce noxious gases. In both ways, they pollute the environment and pose serious health threats to humans and also harm the wildlife. It will only be sustainable if electronic wastes are recycled.

This research project was carried out to assess the problem of recycling of used electronics in Singapore and the related environmental concerns. The harmful effects of electronic wastes as well as the relating problems in other countries are observed. An understanding is also made on the benefits of recycling of electronic wastes as well. Related authorities’ and recycling company’s information are reviewed to understand the generation, the disposal, the collection and the recycling of used electronics in the country. In an attempt to identify better solutions which could be effective to address the used electronics problems in Singapore, information is researched on global recycling of electronic waste.

Case studies were conducted to understand the management used in handling of used electronics in the companies. This provided a chance to observe the practices and subsequently identification of problems in a company. A survey of consumers was carried out to understand their attitudes and behaviours. This helped to identify the problems faced in the community to which used electronics were not actively recycled.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2008 01:21
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: recycling; electronic waste; electrical equipment; environment; Singapore; pollution
Fields of Research (2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090608 Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells)
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090703 Environmental Technologies
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410402 Environmental assessment and monitoring
40 ENGINEERING > 4008 Electrical engineering > 400803 Electrical energy generation (incl. renewables, excl. photovoltaics)
40 ENGINEERING > 4011 Environmental engineering > 401102 Environmentally sustainable engineering

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