Issues and solutions of electronic waste urban mining for circular economy transition: an Indian context

Sharma, Manu, Joshi, Sudhanshu and Govindan, Kannan (2021) Issues and solutions of electronic waste urban mining for circular economy transition: an Indian context. Journal of Environmental Management, 290 (112373). pp. 1-14. ISSN 0301-4797

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The rapid consumption of advanced e-products has intensified problems for the linear economy; constantly diminishing natural resources employed in production processes have created a need of recycle and reuse. Although the transition to a circular economy proposes to end the loop of e-products, it needs the application of processes such as urban mining to recover resources as secondary raw material. The present study intends to examine the issues and challenges of electronic waste urban mining (EWUM) in India that need to be assessed for the development of a sustainable economy. To accomplish this, the current study employs integrated Multi-Criteria-Decision making methods (MCDM). Step-Wise Weight Assessment Ratio Analysis (SWARA) is used to prioritize issues and their possible solutions with Weighted Assessment Sum Product Assessment (WASPAS) methods introduced to explore these challenges and provide solutions for managing EWUM. There is an immediate need to acknowledge the issues confronted by stakeholders in urban mining processes for successful transition to a circular economy. A better understanding of the issues will help policy makers and decision makers to implement best practices to enhance the urban mining process in India. This study has shown that socio-economic (SE) issues are the most critical issues in EWUM in India. The possible solutions that would have most impact are to enhance awareness campaigns for people to educate themselves regarding e-waste, train staff to handle safe disposal of e-waste and produce eco-friendly electronic products.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: urban mining; electronic waste; circular economy; SWARA; WASPAS
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 14 May 2021 14:07
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2021 11:02

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