The fifth NIES Workshop on E-waste(Second Announcement)

The Fifth NIES Workshop on E-waste(First Announcement)

Date November 17(Mon), 2008
Venue Mielparque Kyoto
676-13 Higashino-toin-dori Shichijo-sagaru Higashi-Shiokouji-cho, Shimogyou-ku, Kyoto 600-8216, Japan
TEL: +81-75-352-7444 FAX: +81-75-352-7390, (Japanese)
Organizer NIES
Language English
Participation Fee Free
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19th Annual Conference of the Japan Society of Waste Management Experts (JSWME)
Nov. 19-21 at Kyoto Univ. (English) (Japanese)


In many Asian countries rapid economic growth has been accompanied by an increase in waste generation and this has resulted in an increase of the transboundary movement of recyclable resources. Electrical and electronic waste, i.e. E-waste is a great concern among researchers and policy makers due to its potential for serious environmental pollution. Many issues have been raised in association with E-waste cycles, such as inappropriate disposal and recycling methods, the increase in both domestic generation and international trade of E-waste, insufficient disposal facilities, and inadequate enforcement of regulations.

The 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) Initiative was agreed upon by the G8 leaders at the Sea Island Summit in 2004, based on a proposal by the Japanese government, and the government presented “Japan’s Action Plan to Promote Global Zero-Waste Societies” which sets out the nation’s ideas for the establishment of a Sound Material Cycle Society through the promotion of the 3Rs throughout the world. Moreover, the problem of E-waste has drawn increasing attention from people in Japan as many obsolete home electronic appliances and personal computers are being exported to other countries and activities to promote the proper management of E-waste are being undertaken in Asian regions and beyond, such as the "Environmentally Sound Management of E-waste in Asia-Pacific" project (2005 - 2008), implemented by the Secretariat of the Basel Convention, and the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE), adopted in June 2008 by the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention.

NIES has organized workshops on E-waste annually since 2004. At the past workshops, we shared our understanding of the current state of E-waste issues at national, regional, and international levels with experts from Asia and other regions, and discussed the future tasks for the promotion of the 3Rs of E-waste.

Recently, an international comparative study of domestic flow, the quantitative analysis of transboundary movement, and efficient recovery methods for valuable metals are being explored in regards to the material flow analysis of E-waste. Additionally, a detailed survey of toxicity and methods of evaluation, as well as specific efforts for the collection and recycling of E-waste for the prevention of environmental pollution and health damage are required. At the Fifth NIES Workshop on E-waste, which will be held on November 17, 2008, we will focus on several important aspects of E-waste, such as material flow analysis, toxicity and evaluation methods, and current problems with the collection, reuse and recycling system. The purpose of this workshop is to promote information exchange between experts, and contribute to a solution for E-waste issues. We are looking forward to your participation.

Tentative Program

November 17th
<Venue: Conference Hall D on 6th Floor>
9:20 Opening Remarks by Mr. Susumu Ohta (Executive Director of NIES)
9:30-10:50 Session 1 “Material Flow Analysis of E-waste”
Chairpersons: Dr. Atsushi Terazono, Dr. Kenichi Nakajima (NIES)
Dr. Atsushi Terazono (NIES, Japan)
"Transboundary Movement of Home Appliances for Reuse and Recycling"
Mr. Ricardo T. Villavert, Dr. Genandrialine L. Peralta, Ms. Sheila K. Ramos (Univ. of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines)
"Obsolete Computers in the Philippines"
Dr. Kenichi Nakajima (NIES, Japan), Dr. Osamu Takeda, Dr. Takahiro Miki (Tohoku Univ., Japan)
"Metal Resource Recyclability based on Thermodynamic Analysis ~ What Can We Recover from E-waste by Using Metallurgical Processes?~"
10:50-11:10 Coffee break
Dr. Eiji Yamasue (Kyoto Univ., Japan)
"Study on Resource Management Strategy Using A Novel Index for Recyclability Evaluation, ~Urban-Ore TMR~"
Ms. Perrine Chancerel, Prof. Dr. Susanne Rotter (Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany)
"Substance Flow Analysis of the Recycling of Small WEEE Case Study: Recovery of Gold from Mobile Phones in Germany"
12:10-13:20 Lunch
13:20-15:10 Session 2 “Toxicity and Evaluation of E-waste Recycling”
Chairpersons: Dr. Shinsuke Murakami (Univ. of Tokyo), Dr. Atsushi Terazono (NIES)
Dr. Hirofumi Sakanakura (NIES, Japan) Dr. Tomoko Akai, Dr. Takeshi Komai (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan)
"Release of Toxic Metals into Water from Cathode Ray Tube Glass"
Mr. Satish Sinha (Toxics Link, India)
"Scrapping the High Tech. Myth"
Prof. Dr. Ming Hung Wong (Hong Kong Baptist Univ., Hong Kong SAR), Dr. Roland Weber (POPs Environmental Consulting, Germany), Dr. Anna Leung (Hong Kong Baptist Univ. , Hong Kong SAR)
"Primitive E-waste Recycling Contaminates Human and Environment with a Complex Mixture of Toxic Compounds – A Challenge for Risk Assessment"
Dr. Shin Takahashi (Ehime Univ., Japan), Prof. Dr. Shin-ichi Sakai (Kyoto Univ., Japan), Prof. Dr. Shinsuke Tanabe (Ehime Univ., Japan)
"Human Exposure and Environmental Load of Trace Elements, Brominated Flame Retardants and Dioxin Related Compounds in e-waste Recycling Sites in India and Vietnam"
15:10-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-17:10 Session 3 “Collection, Reuse and Recycling System of E-waste”
Chairpersons: Dr. Aya Yoshida (NIES), Dr. Shinsuke Murakami (Univ. of Tokyo)
Dr. Aya Yoshida (NIES, Japan)
"Material Flow of Secondhand TV Exported From Japan to the Philippines"
Dr. Shinsuke Murakami, Mr. Shuhei Miwa (Univ. of Tokyo, Japan), Dr. Rie Murakami-Suzuki (NIES, Japan)
"Issues and Challenges in Mobile Phone 3R system"
Mr. Feng Wang (United Nations University, The Netherlands)
"Exploration of the Optimal e-waste Recycling Approach for China"
Prof. Dr. Jinhui Li, Dr. Liu Lili (Tsinghua Univ., China)
"Solution to E-waste Collection at City Level in China"
17:10-17:40 Overall Discussion
17:40-17:50 Summary & Closing remarks by Dr. Atsushi Terazono (NIES)

Organizing office Dr. A. Terazono, Ms. M. Watanabe, Ms. K. Sato

National Institute for Environmental Studies / Research Center for Material Cycles and Waste Management
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