Worlding Electronic Waste

Chapter 4 | Charting Flows of Electronic Waste

This chapter examines the seemingly simple question of where e-waste goes once it is discarded. As I argue, however, this question is entangled with more difficult ones explored throughout the book: what counts as waste? To whom? Where? And under what conditions?

With respect to data for e-waste flows over time, it would appear that trade for various forms of reuse (e.g., direct reuse, repair, refurbishment) rather than dumping provide a more likely explanation of underlying trade patterns.

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