Country Factsheets from Twelve Jurisdictions

A new report providing a summary overview, in the form of “E-waste Factsheets”, of the e-waste management practices and related legal systems for a total of twelve countries from around the globe has been publsihed.

The report has been developed within a collaboration of the SRI project with the National Policy Framework for Sustainable Management of E-waste in Egypt, executed by Environics in association with CEDARE and Sofies. The National Policy Framework project was mandated within the Medical and Electronic Waste Management Project, implemented by the Ministry of Environment and financed by UNDP/GEF.

The report includes an overview on the key concepts relating to e-waste management. These include Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO)/ Compliance Scheme, economic instruments (environmental fee/ eco-fee/ eco-levy/ advance recycling fee), the informal sector, the downstream value chain and product scope and characterisation. Furthermore, the legal roles and responsibilities across the e-waste management value chain is detailed, with the different stages along with the key stakeholders and their roles and responsibilities in an e-waste management system.
Lastly, the report includes a review focussed on understanding  the legislation in place, their legal definition of e-waste, obligations placed on the producers, the products coming under the scope of the legislation, the collection systems, the recycling systems, the financing mechanisms, targets, the reporting systems, the standards/audits to comply with, monitoring systems, regulations with respect to transboundary movement of used EEE, and RoHS considerations

The e-waste factsheets have been prepared for the following list of countries:

  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • France
  • Japan
  • China
  • Singapore
  • Ghana
  • Germany
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Belgium
  • Australia

These countries were chosen to showcase examples of different types of e-waste management systems and mechanisms from across the world. The countries were shortlisted based on a range of criteria, which included them having existing e-waste legislation in place, while also maintaining  a mix between developing and developed countries. 

The full report can be downloaded here