e-waste recycling in São Paulo and Accra

  • Kaue Lopes dos Santos London School of Economics
  • Pedro Roberto Jacobi


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.

Keywords: WEEE; Recycling; Collect; Commercialization; Comparative Urban Study.


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How to Cite
LOPES DOS SANTOS, Kaue; JACOBI, Pedro Roberto. GEOGRAPHIES OF URBAN MINING IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH. Mercator, Fortaleza, v. 20, june 2021. ISSN 1984-2201. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 sep. 2021. doi: