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Efficiency Assessment of E-waste Management System in Lithuanian Public Sector

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Author(s): Laura Vasilenko | Inga Gurauskienė | Visvaldas Varžinskas

Journal: Environmental Research, Engineering and Management
ISSN 1392-1649

Volume: 49;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 56;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: electrical and electronic equipment | e-waste management system | public sector

ABSTRACT
Rapid technology change, low initial costs have resulted in a fast-growing surplus of electrical and electronic equipment waste (e-waste) around the globe. Management of e-waste in an environment friendly way according to all legal regulations carries great importance. E-waste management system incorporates different stakeholders through the whole life cycle of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) - producers/importers, distributors, consumers/users, collectors, recyclers. The system's efficiency depends on the environmental awareness and effective activity of each of the actors. The public sector is dealt with in this paper describing the differences and problems of a non-household (B2B) sector in the e-waste chain. The aim of this paper is to evaluate efficiency of the e-waste management system in the public sector (PS), identifying the problems which have brought about reduced e-waste management efficiency. It is anticipated that the recommendations proposed should increase the efficiency of the PS and some of the recommendations could be applied to the e-waste management system in general.

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