Monitour: Tracking global routes of electronic waste

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Many nations seek to control or prevent the inflow of waste electronic and electrical equipment, but such flows are difficult to track due to undocumented, often illegal global trade in e-waste. We apply wireless GPS location trackers to this problem, detecting potential cases of non-compliant recycling operations in the United States as well as the global trajectories of exported e-waste. By planting hidden trackers inside discarded computer monitors and printers, we tracked dozens of devices being sent overseas to various ports in Asia, flows likely unreported in official trade data. We discuss how location tracking enables new ways to monitor, regulate, and enforce rules on the international movement of hazardous electronic waste materials, and the limitations of such methods.
Publisher
PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Issue Date
2018-02
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Citation

WASTE MANAGEMENT, v.72, pp.362 - 370

ISSN
0956-053X
DOI
10.1016/j.wasman.2017.11.014
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/240629
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CE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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