Geographies of urban mining in the Global South: e-waste recycling in Sao Paulo and Accra

The collection, recycling and sale of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) – or e-waste – are part of the so-called “urban mining” and have been occurring according to different technical-normative conditions, which impact the environment, society and the economy in different ways, especially in the urban spaces of the Global South. This article establishes a comparative analysis of urban mining in the Sao Paulo Macrometropolis (Brazil) and the Greater Accra Region (Ghana) through exploratory qualitative research. The results reveal a broad spectrum of actor-network arrangements established in the universe of e-waste, also confirming the relevance of political economy for understanding the technical and regulatory aspects of recycling in different geographical contexts.

Palavras-chave: WEEE; Recycling; Collect; Commercialization; Comparative Urban Study.

Autores: Kaue Lopes dos Santos e Pedro Roberto Jacobi

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LOPES DOS SANTOS, Kaue; JACOBI, Pedro Roberto. GEOGRAPHIES OF URBAN MINING IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH. Mercator, Fortaleza, v. 20, june 2021. ISSN 1984-2201.


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