A New Research Protocol to Develop Multiple Case Studies on Illicit Activities in Trade, Logistics, Processing and Disposal of WEEE - Waste in Electrical and Electronic Equipment

TitleA New Research Protocol to Develop Multiple Case Studies on Illicit Activities in Trade, Logistics, Processing and Disposal of WEEE - Waste in Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsHintsa, J, Mohanty, S
EditorBlecker, T, Kersten, W, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsInnovative Methods in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Volume19
Page295
Publisherepubli
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-8442-9878-9; 978-3-8442-9880-2
ISSN NumberISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
Keywordsenvironmental crime, FP7-CWIT, Supply Chain Security, WEEE
Abstract

The illegal trade and disposal of electronic waste – known as e-waste or waste
electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) – is increasingly becoming a threat
to global environmental health and security. To enhance the capabilities of
governments in the EU and beyond to combat this growing crime, INTERPOL,
Cross-border Research Association (CBRA) and five other partners launched
the 2-year Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) project in September 2013,
funded by the EU's 7th Framework Program. The purpose of this paper is to
present a new case study protocol for harmonized collection of detailed data on
several dozen illicit WEEE cases across the globe. The CWIT case study
protocol aims to capture multiple aspects of WEEE violations: (i) What was
done wrongfully in e-waste trade and how; (ii) Which WEEE products and
fractions, geographies, and transport modes were involved; (iii) Who was
involved in illicit acts; (iv) What were / would have been the illicit economic
benefits, and negative socio-economic impacts; (v) How was detection and
inspection carried out; and (vi) What is the up-to-date situation with
investigations, prosecutions and punishments? The outcomes of three
preliminary illicit WEEE cases - with non-sensitive, anonymized data - are
included in the paper. It is anticipated that the illicit WEEE case studies will play
a central role in the development of policy, enforcement, technology, training
and other recommendations to combat more effectively and efficiently the wide
spectrum of regulatory violations in trade, logistics and disposal of WEEE in the
future.