Global E-Waste Market 2008-2012

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					Global E-Waste Market
     2008-2012
                                    Table of Contents
1. Introdu cti on ............................................................................. 3
  1.1 Recycling Process of E - waste ................................................... 3
  1.2 Sou rces of E- waste: ............................................................... 4
  1.3 Composition of e- waste ........................................................... 5
2. Market Siz e an d Forecast ............................................................. 6
  2.1 E- waste Market ..................................................................... 6
  2.2 E- waste Man agement Market .................................................... 7
  2.3 ICT (e- waste) Market ............................................................. 8
3. Market Trends ........................................................................... 9
4. Drivers .................................................................................. 10
5. Vendors ................................................................................. 11
  5.1 Electronic Recycl ers Internation al ........................................... 11
  5.2 Sims Recycling sol ution s ....................................................... 12
  5.3 Cimelia ............................................................................. 13
  5.4 Li feSpan Recyclin g Techn ologies ............................................. 14
  5.5 Centilli on En viron men t an d Recycling Ltd. ................................. 15
Oth er Reports in this Seri es ........................................................... 16




                                      List of Exhibits

Exhibit 1.1: Sou rce of e - waste (2008) ............................................... 4
Exhibit 1.2: Composition of e - waste (2008) ........................................ 5
Exhibit 2.1: Gl obal e- waste forecast 2008 -2012 (in million tonn es) .......... 6
Exhibit 2.2: Gl obal e- waste Market forecast 2008 -2012 (in US$ billion s) ... 7
Exhibit 2.3: Gl obal ICT e - waste forecast 2008- 2012 (in million tonn es) ..... 8
                                                      Global E-Waste Market – 2008-2012




1. Introduction
Any electrical or electronic equipment has a certain life span, after the completion of which,
it needs to be recycled/reused or disposed. The discarded electronic and electrical
equipment is known as e-waste.
Such equipment is most often disposed in landfills. However, since environmental risk is
pronounced in electronic equipment (owing to hazardous and carcinogenic elements in
them), it is disposed with proper processing so as to avoid an adverse impact on the
environment as. Further, proper care is taken while processing e-waste.


The IT industry is grappling with the problem of e-waste, which is also growing with the
industry's growth. IT companies equipment such as desktops, printers, copiers, CDs, floppy
drives, and other hardware equipment have an impact on the environment. With the
advancement in technology, there has been an increase in adoption and decrease in lifetime
of IT products. Further, new technologies have resulted in the replacement of obsolescent
hardware. These factors are resulting in the growth of ICT e-waste.


The e-waste management market comprises revenues generated from recycling e-waste.
The various products obtained from recycling such as metals, plastics, glass are the main
purveyors of the market’s revenues. This report provides global e-waste estimates,
projected growth rates, composition by segment, ICT segment contribution, ICT e-waste
growth estimates, market trends, and growth drivers and profiles some of the e-waste
management vendors.




1.1 Recycling Process of E-waste
Depending upon the type of e-waste and its composition, various recycling methods are
used to process e-waste. These are:
      Dismantling- E-waste is analyzed and subjected to either crushing or shredding,
       based upon its composition. In case of CRT tubes, laser separation is done to remove
       hazardous materials before crushing.
      Recovery– Precious metals and hazardous materials are extracted by using acid
       leaching, cyanide leaching, or electrolysis. The residual waste is then treated, and
       either crushed or incinerated.
      Treatment– Scrubbers like acid scrubbers, cyanide scrubbers, etc. are used to treat
       e-waste for any residual materials. Also, the waste water used in recovery process is
       treated and released.




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                                                     Global E-Waste Market – 2008-2012




1.2 Sources of E-waste:
Globally, around 40 million metric tons of e-waste is generated, annually. E-waste is
generated by obsolete computers, printers, and electronic and electrical equipment.
Personal computers are the major contributor to e-waste in the IT industry.
According to the European Union directive, e-waste is categorized into four segments
(Exhibit 1.1):
      Large household equipment - Washing          machines,     dryers,       refrigerators,   air-
				
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Description: The IT industry is grappling with the problem of e-waste, which seems to be growing with the industry's prosperity. IT companies equipment such as desktops, printers, copiers, CDs, floppy drives, and other hardware equipment have an impact on the environment. Also, with the advancement in technology, there has been an increase in adoption and decrease in lifetime of IT products. Such factors result in the growth of ICT e-waste. The e-waste management market comprises revenues generated from recycling e-waste. The various products obtained from recycling such as metals, plastics, glass are the main purveyors of the market’s revenues. ICT e–waste, especially computers, contains precious metals such as gold, copper, etc. Extracting these metals and selling them has become a lucrative business, considering the soaring prices of gold and silver. Also, the process involved in extraction is cost effective. The report by TechNavio Insights forecasts the size of the Global E-Waste Market over the period 2008-2012. Further, it discusses the key market drivers and market trends of the Global E-Waste Market, and profiles some of the key vendors of this market.
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