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Material Flow Analysis of Electronic Wastes (e-Wastes) in Lagos, Nigeria

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The fate of end-of-life electronics (e-wastes) is of increasing concern because of their toxicity and ever increasing volumes. Addressing these concerns requires proper management plans and strategy which in turn requires reliable estimates of e-waste generation in the present as well as future times. In this study, a material flow model for the analysis of e-waste generation from computer equipments inNigeriahas been developed. Data used to develop the model are the sales data from major distributors of electronics, usage time of computer equipments and transfer coefficients of the electronics from one stage to another. The analysis of individual flows of computer from the material flow model showed that the fate of obsolete computer equipments were storage (41%), reuse (35%) and direct disposal (24%). The projections of the flows for a period of 15 years also indicated that storage and reuse of computer equipments would be preferred over direct disposal; and computer equipments would continue to remain in either storage, re-use or gradually disposed off for about 11 years after its inflow. This delay or staggering disposal is of advantage as it would reduce the amount of e-waste disposed yearly and also afford the country some time to make plans to accommodate and manage the e-wastes generated more efficiently.

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F. Ibrahim, D. Adie, A. Giwa, S. Abdullahi and C. Okuofu, "Material Flow Analysis of Electronic Wastes (e-Wastes) in Lagos, Nigeria," Journal of Environmental Protection, Vol. 4 No. 9, 2013, pp. 1011-1017. doi: 10.4236/jep.2013.49117.

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