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Recycling of Plastics from Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) – Tentative Results of a Swiss Study

TitleRecycling of Plastics from Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) – Tentative Results of a Swiss Study
Publication TypeProceedings Article
Year of Conference2009
AuthorsWäger P, Böni H, Buser A, Morf L, Schluep M, Streicher M
Conference NameR'09 World Congress
Conference Start Date14/09/2009
Conference LocationDavos, Switzerland
KeywordsFlame retardants, plastics, recycling, RoHS, WEEE
AbstractAlthough principally favorable from a life cycle environmental impact perspective, recycling of plastics from Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is not uncontested because of the potential dissipation of hazardous substances into new products. In a study commissioned by the Swiss Foundation for Waste Management (S.EN.S) and the Swiss Association for Information, Communication and Organization Technology (SWICO), the types of plastics occurring in WEEE products and their hazardous substance contents were identified through a literature survey. Considering the results of the survey, actual mass flows of the Swiss WEEE recycling systems and rough estimations of the value added of recycled plastics, large and small electrical household appliances as well as cooling appliances appear to be the WEEE categories with the highest theoretical recycling potential. However, these results are to be considered as tentative due to remaining data gaps and -uncertainties. A more robust and differentiated picture of the recycling potential of plastics from WEEE product categories will be available as soon as the planned sampling campaign will have been performed.
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