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What is the best way to tackle China’s growing e-scrap mountain?

China – As the largest supplier of consumer electronics in the world, the Chinese government is working to help its recyclers deal with growing tonnages of e-scrap. To shine a light on latest developments in this field, the fifth China International E-Waste Conference will be held on September 12-13 at the Crowne Plaza Shanghai Hotel.

Annual volumes of e-scrap in East and South East Asia surged by 63% between 2010 and 2015 to 12.3 million tonnes, according to a study by the United Nations University.

China more than doubled its generation of end-of-life electronics over the five-year period, with e-scrap increasing to 6.7 million tonnes; the country is believed to generate around 20 kg of e-scrap per capita per year.

The Shanghai conference is expected to attract stakeholders spanning the international electronics supply chain, thus maximising networking opportunities.

Among the topics to be discussed will be e-scrap sorting technologies, take-back schemes, processing of lithium-ion batteries, innovative research projects, eco-design and current market conditions for the global as well as the Chinese e-scrap recycling sector.

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