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Sustainability 2017, 9(4), 503; doi:10.3390/su9040503

E-Waste Supply Chain in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Management

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Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California 1, Mexicali 21280, Mexico
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Instituto de Ingeniería, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California 2, Mexicali 21280, Mexico
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Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático 3, Mexico City 04530, Mexico
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División de Ingenierías, Universidad de Guanajuato 4, Guanajuato 36000, Mexico
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Received: 22 February 2017 / Revised: 19 March 2017 / Accepted: 22 March 2017 / Published: 27 March 2017
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Abstract

Electronic waste is a widespread environmental problem. From all waste streams, e-waste is registering one of the largest growing rates (between 3% and 5%). In Mexico, the e-waste recovery system comprises a mix of formal and informal sectors not well known to date. The goal of this article was to analyze electronic waste in Mexico through the active actors in the recovery chain. This article presents the evolution of studies on electronic waste in Mexico. The legal regulations and public policies were analyzed, as were the existing practices of electronic waste handling, and some challenges facing this country for waste flow management. A management model is proposed which highlights components that must be considered in the model and the opportunities and challenges to transition from an unbundled handling, which still has practices that lack environmental and technical support, to sustainable management. View Full-Text
Keywords: WEEE management; legislation; plan; recovery; finance system WEEE management; legislation; plan; recovery; finance system
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Cruz-Sotelo, S.E.; Ojeda-Benítez, S.; Jáuregui Sesma, J.; Velázquez-Victorica, K.I.; Santillán-Soto, N.; García-Cueto, O.R.; Alcántara Concepción, V.; Alcántara, C. E-Waste Supply Chain in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Management. Sustainability 2017, 9, 503.

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