The geography of household computer waste management

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Evans Kwame Amankwah (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Zhi-Ju Liu

Abstract: "North Carolina stocks large quantities of computers and computer waste as a result of increasing advancement in technology in the electronic industry. Households in the state are constantly changing over to more powerful and cheaper versions of computers. The result is the creation of huge stock of computer waste in households. Only small portions of these waste computers are collected for recycling due to lack of comprehensive state legislations on electronic waste. The objective of the thesis is to estimate the quantities of computer waste in North Carolina for which appropriate legislations and infrastructures are needed to properly collect and compare it to the actual waste computers recycled in 2000 and 2005. The estimation of the amount of computer waste is very important. US Census Bureau, USEPA, and Sales and Marketing Management's reports for 2000 and 2005 were used to generate the estimate of computer waste in those two years. The results indicate that only 7.6% of the projected 669,862 computer waste in 2000 was recycled. In 2005 the waste stock increased by 113.3%, but recycling rose by only 6.7% to 54,019."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

Additional Information

Publication
Thesis
Language: English
Date: 2007
Keywords
North Carolina, computers, waste, technology, electronic industry
Subjects
Computers--Environmental aspects--North Carolina
Waste electronic apparatus and appliances --North Carolina
Recycling (Waste, etc.)--North Carolina