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Recycling Electronics-Preliminary Practical And Legal Viewpoints

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In order to understand how contemporary environmental law and policy are embodied in electronics recycling-related measures in the European Community and the United States, an overview of the social sciences, natural sciences as well as technical and economic perspectives of the issue seems necessary. The environmental benefits of reducing waste through recycling may be categorized through product life-cycle thinking, because recycling-understood in this book in the wider sense of the term-protects the environment in many phases during a product's life. This chapter presents an overview of the legislative landscape of electronics recycling in the European Community and the United States. The environmental policies may, for instance, benefit from the more professional and technically advanced resources behind them, when they are steered from the federal-level. Some of the sources of pollution as well as the underlying social trends may also be difficult to address from the local- or state-level.

Keywords: contemporary environmental law; electronics recycling; European community; federal-level provisions; legislative landscape; state-level provisions; United States



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