Electrical and electronic equipment when becoming waste (e-waste) such as personal computers, printers, televisions, mobile phones, refrigerators and air-conditioning units is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world today. E-waste is categorized as hazardous waste due to the presence of toxic materials such as mercury, lead and brominated flame retardants are considered as hazardous waste according to the Basel Convention. E-waste may also contain precious metals such as gold, copper and nickel and rare materials of strategic value such as indium and palladium. These precious and heavy metals could be recovered, recycled and used as valuable source of secondary raw materials. It has been documented that e-wastes are shipped to developing countries where it is often not managed in an environmentally sound manner, thus posing a serious threat to both human health and the environment.

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Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions


Non-Governmental and Business Organizations

International Organization for Standardization



Intergovernmental Organizations

UNEP Chemicals and Health Branch

UNEP Chemicals and Health Branch

Intergovernmental Organizations

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe



Intergovernmental Organizations

United Nations Institute for Training and Research



Andrea Lechner

Andrea Lechner is a Programme Officer at Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, Governance branch.

Noelia Garcia Nebra

Noelia Garcia Nebra is Head of sustainability at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).


Online Course

Earth School