M.S. Thesis: Electronic Waste Treatment in Mexico: Viability and Obstacles

By José Ignacio Denogean M.

Advisor: Dr. Athanasios Bourtsalas
Co-Advisor: Dr. Nickolas J. Themelis

Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science
Columbia University

August 2016

This study examined the feasibility of creating the basic first steps for the sustainable management of E– Waste. This is a problem that, although not directly related to the renewable energy efforts in Mexico, needs to be addressed in parallel to these efforts. This study summarizes the actual status of Mexican regulation and public perception regarding E-Waste, compares Mexican development with other countries (e.g. Japan has electronic device specific legislations), and suggests the creation of links between the copper smelting industry of Mexico and electronic recyclers, for the recovery of copper, precious and other metals that are present in E-Waste and are soluble in molten copper.

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