E-Waste Research Initiatives

Professor Josh Lepawski, Department of Geography, Memorial Univeristy of Newfoundland
Professor Lepawski’s research involves mapping the international trade and traffic of electronic waste. Follow the link provided to read Lepawski’s most recent article, “The changing geography of global trade in electronics discards: time to rethink the e-waste problem“, published in The Geographic Journal in March 2014.


StEP – Solving the E-Waste Problem
StEP is a multi-stakeholder research initiative sponsered by United Nations University. StEP researches, initiates, and facilitates global strategies for the sustainable handling of e-waste through task forces devoted to researching five key areas: policy, redesign, reuse, recycle, and capacity building.


The Sustainability Consortium
Administered by Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas, the Sustainability Consortium is comprised of over 100 global organizations from various sectors working together to create sustainability-related knowledge and develop cross-sector solutions. The Electronics Sector Working Group leads the investigation of sustainability issues and improvement opportunities for a variety of electronic product categories.


PACE – Partnership on Computing Equipment
Established through the ninth Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, PACE is a forum for governments, industry leaders, non-governmental organizations and academia to tackle the environmentally sound management, refurbishment, recycling, and disposal of used and end-of-life computing equipment.


Opinion Polls on Visible Fee
Many jurisdictions have conducted consumer opinion polls regarding support for visible fees on electronics to cover the cost of recycling. There is strong consumer support for transparent, visible fees.

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