Author(s): Ferhunde Hayırsever TOPÇU

E-waste is becoming a new business area called “urban mining” thanks to precious metals and mines they contain. However, due to improper disposal methods, human and environmental health problems arise. The aim of this study is to examine the e-waste problems in Africa from the economic, social, managerial and environmental perspectives through literature review. In the study, the general orientation of the continent and then the examples from Ghana and Nigeria will be given. In this context, firstly, indicators regarding of the e-waste in Africa will be shown. Secondly, e-waste issues will be addressed with in different aspects such as urban mining, informal and formal sector; international, regional and national regulations; environmental justice, weak environmental management and state. As a result, the problem of e-waste in Africa is a complex problem. Significant changes should be made in many different areas for solution of the e-waste problem. Then the opportunities that e-waste can create can exceed the problems.


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