Managing Electronic Waste Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion on the management of electronic waste as a significant health concern.
# 151121 | 971 words | 16 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper details the adverse effects of electronic waste and looks at strategies for more effective management of this form of waste. The paper then discusses how Hewlett-Packard in particular has pioneered the development of electronic waste management initiatives via the use of partnerships at the government level and the creation of product strategies to honor the commitments of their green business technology initiative.

Literature Review
Adverse Effects of Electronic Waste
Strategies for More Effective Management of Electronic Waste
Non-Government Organization (NGO) Performance on Electronic Waste

From the Paper:

"There are literally dozens of sources of electronic waste emanating from manufacturers who compete in high technology industries. The catalyst of their rapid product introductions is staying ahead technological obsolescence, yet the side effect is a burgeoning installed base of potentially toxic devices and systems (Churchman-Davies, 2002). A typical laptop computer for example has Lead from the computer circuit boards and CRT screens, cadmium from the circuit boards and batteries, Barium, from the CRT or screen and Polyvinyl Chloride from the copper cables and computer casings (Babu, Parande, Basha, 2007). Beryllium from motherboards and connectors, and Phosphor from CRTs and plasma screens (Babu, Parande, Basha, 2007). Taken together these pollutants pose a significant threat to human life when they are absorbed into hydration and drinking systems. These minerals in lethal doses have been shown to be responsible for cancers, genetic and fetal mutations, nerve system damage and sadly, infant deaths (Babu, Parande, Basha, 2007) (Churchman-Davies, 2002). Lead has specifically been shown to account for blindness in children who are exposed to exceptionally high levels in their drinking water, and Cadmium has been shown to restrict the performance of a person's lover and endocrine systems (Babu, Parande, Basha, 2007)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Balakrishnan Ramesh Babu, Anand Kuber Parande, and Chiya Ahmed Basha. 2007. Electrical and electronic waste: a global environmental problem. Waste Management & Research 25, no. 4, (August 1): 307.
  • William M. Bulkeley. (2008, December 10). Battery Deal Takes On Green Hue --- Boston Power's Devices for Laptop Maker H-P Won't Be Replaced as Often. Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition), p. B.4. Link:
  • Vidhi A Chaudhri. (2006). Organising Global CSR: A Case Study of Hewlett-Packard's e-inclusion Initiative*. The Journal of Corporate Citizenship,(23), 39-51.
  • Churchman-Davies, Jonathan. (2002, November). Just a WEEE problem.... Environmental Technology, 48 (6), 38-40.
  • I. Dalrymple, N. Wright, R. Kellner, N. Bains, K. Geraghty, M. Goosey, and L. Lightfoot. 2007. An integrated approach to electronic waste (WEEE) recycling. Circuit World 33, no. 2, (April 1): 52-58.

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