A Jordanian-MENA Region WEEE Input-Output and Material Flow Analysis Case Study: Examining Different Estimation Methods

IKHLAYEL, M. & TASAKI, T. 2015. A Jordanian-MENA Region WEEE Input-Output and Material Flow Analysis Case Study: Examining Different Estimation Methods. Proceedings Sardinia 2015, Fifteenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. S. Margherita di Pula, Cagliari, Italy.

In this paper, we examined six different methods to estimate six types of Waste Electric and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) from households and their applicability to developing countries. We used Jordan as a case study in the Middle East and the North Africa (MENA) region. We estimated the total and potential WEEE amount generated there, including both firsthand and secondhand as well as the amounts of stored, recycled, and landfilled WEEE. The Consumption and Use method, which has been widely-used in developing countries because of scarcity in available data, was modified for this purpose. This is the first systematic and comprehensive study for an Arabian country in the MENA region that attempted to estimate WEEE and compared different estimation methods. The study revealed that Jordan generates 25,799 tons of WEEE annually, which was relatively high compared to its population, the GDP per capita, and to other countries in the region. This amount was found to represent 1.24% of the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW).