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Transnational Flows of E-Waste and Spatial Patterns of Recycling in China

Transnational Flows of E-Waste and Spatial Patterns of Recycling in China Two geographers residing in Beijing discuss the inflows, processing, and consumption of electronic waste—a topic largely neglected in the current literature on globalization. Based on extensive interviews with electronics producers and recyclers in China, the paper explores the global flows of e-waste and concentration of related recycling in coastal China. The authors suggest that recycling activities (authorized as well as illegal) grew in tandem with the dramatic increase in electronics production during the last decade. They note that the country's recycling sector has played a significant role in rural industrialization and local economic development, albeit in conflict with the objectives of environmental protection. Journal of Economic Literature, Classification Numbers: F20, L63, O17, O19. 6 figures, 23 references. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Eurasian Geography and Economics Taylor & Francis

Transnational Flows of E-Waste and Spatial Patterns of Recycling in China

Eurasian Geography and Economics , Volume 45 (8): 14 – Dec 1, 2004
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Taylor & Francis
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1938-2863
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1538-7216
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10.2747/1538-7216.45.8.608
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Abstract

Two geographers residing in Beijing discuss the inflows, processing, and consumption of electronic waste—a topic largely neglected in the current literature on globalization. Based on extensive interviews with electronics producers and recyclers in China, the paper explores the global flows of e-waste and concentration of related recycling in coastal China. The authors suggest that recycling activities (authorized as well as illegal) grew in tandem with the dramatic increase in electronics production during the last decade. They note that the country's recycling sector has played a significant role in rural industrialization and local economic development, albeit in conflict with the objectives of environmental protection. Journal of Economic Literature, Classification Numbers: F20, L63, O17, O19. 6 figures, 23 references.

Journal

Eurasian Geography and EconomicsTaylor & Francis

Published: Dec 1, 2004

Keywords: electronic waste; global production network; local economic development; electronics industry; environmental protection; China

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