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Estimation of Wastes Generated from Obsolete Personal Computers in India
Full Text(PDF, )  PP.149-159  
Author(s)
Pamela Chawla, Neelu Jain
KEYWORDS
End-of-life computers, First life span, Penetration rate, Toxic waste, Hazardous waste, Obsolete computers, Recycling
ABSTRACT
The objective of this paper is to characterize future trends in obsolete computer generation in India in the next fifteen years using logistic model based approach. The amount of various toxic and non-toxic components generated from these computers as well as precious metals recoverable from the obsolete computers by 2025 is also estimated. In this model, the historical sales data and an assumed first lifespan distribution of desktop and laptop computers are used to estimate future computer penetration rate and subsequently obsolete PCs to be generated in India. The estimation carried out in this study will serve as a guideline for government & planning bodies to setup collection, recycling and disposal facilities for the different types of toxic and non-toxic waste generated from obsolete computers in the next 15 years. This would also help regulatory authorities in formulating policies to mitigate impacts of informal recycling. 
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