Responsible Consumption and Production

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Recycling of Materials for Sustainable Development: Reasons, Approaches, Economics, and Stakeholders of Recycling

  • Poonam OberoiEmail author
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Recycling has been defined as the act of gathering, treating, or processing used or waste materials or by-products of production and consumption activities, without changing the essential form or nature of the said materials, so as to make them suitable for reuse.


Reckless production and overconsumption have negative impacts on the environment (Emery et al. 2007). Consider, for example, the growing use of information and communication technologies (ICTs)-related devices in developing countries and the associated waste generated. ICTs have shown positive correlation with the economic and social improvements in developing nations (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 2011). However, ICT related devices are also the fastest growing component within the overall Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) or e-waste (Babu et al. 2007; Garlapati 2016). WEEE has been defined as any equipment that is dependent on...

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  1. 1.La Rochelle Business School, Excelia GroupCERIIM – Research Center in Managerial Intelligence and InnovationLa RochelleFrance

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  • Morgane M. C Fritz
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  1. 1.La Rochelle Business School - Excelia GroupLa RochelleFrance