M.S. Thesis: Analysis of Electronic Waste Recycling in the United States and Potential Application in China

By Shumeng Liu

Advisor: Prof. Nickolas J. Themelis

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

December 2014

This study analyzed the electronic waste recycling system in the U.S. as an example of established such systems in developed countries. Then, the present collecting and disposing situation of electronic waste in China was examined in detail, including e-waste collection and recycling in both formal and informal chains. The potential of applying the western electronic waste recycling systems into China was then further explored as well as the environmental and social benefits that could be hopefully achieved through this.

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