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Waste Electronics

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This chapter focuses on the interstate trade implications of waste-related recycling requirements on electronic waste. It shows that the general, difficult distinction between products and waste is tied, among other things, to the environmental and other risks that may be inherent in an electrical or electronic device. The chapter analyzes the concepts "waste" and "hazardous waste". These concepts affect the way in which waste may be moved across state borders in the European Community (EC) and in the United States. There are, however, many other aspects to the free movement of waste. In EC jurisprudence, the applicability of the proximity and self-sufficiency principles to shipments of waste for disposal was established in the contested landmark case on Walloon Waste. Trade liberalization has the highest propensity to improve environmental protection in cases where the green interests have a strong foothold in the states that are most influential within the liberalizing group.

Keywords: electronic waste; European community (EC); hazardous waste; trade liberalization; United States; waste-related recycling requirements



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