Abstract—Electronic and electrical equipments (e-waste) generated in Indonesia is expected to increase due to high growth of economy and fast development in technology. Formal recycling of e-waste using efficient technologies and facilities are rare, therefore electronic wastes are managed through various low-end management alternatives, such as disposal in open dumps, backyard recycling, and disposal into surface water. It is necessary to assess whether the formal facility of e-waste is feasible to be established or not. Therefore, the objective of this study is to assess the preliminary financial feasibility of an e-waste recycling business for e-waste treating facility, particularly, dismantling and sorting, generated from households in Indonesia. The method that was used in this study is benefit cost analysis which applied on a monthly basis in 2015 under certain condition and assumptions. The results showed that this business is feasible but an additional financial support (other than the intrinsic value of metals) is needed and the collection system should be properly designed and carried out to maintain the material input to the facility. This paper also reviews some comparison between Indonesia’s condition on e-waste situation and other countries’. The potential e-waste management system that could be applicable in Indonesia is also proposed.
Index Terms—Economic assessment, e-waste, household, personal computer, treating facility.
Pertiwi Andarani was with Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Naohiro Goto is with Department of Environmental and Life Science, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: Pertiwi Andarani and Naohiro Goto, "Preliminary Assessment of Economic Feasibility for Establishing a Households’ E-Waste Treating Facility in Serang, Indonesia," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 562-568, 2012.