Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Handbook

  • ID: 3744570
  • Book
  • 752 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Electrical and electronic waste is a growing problem as volumes are increasing fast. Rapid product innovation and replacement, especially in information and communication technologies (ICT), combined with the migration from analog to digital technologies and to flat-screen televisions and monitors has resulted in some electronic products quickly reaching the end of their life. The EU directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) aims to minimise WEEE by putting organizational and financial responsibility on producers and distributors for collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of WEEE. Therefore all stakeholders need to be well-informed about their WEEE responsibilities and options. While focussing on the EU, this book draws lessons for policy and practice from all over the world.

Part one introduces the reader to legislation and initiatives to manage WEEE. Part two discusses technologies for the refurbishment, treatment and recycling of waste electronics. Part three focuses on electronic products that present particular challenges for recyclers. Part four explores sustainable design of electronics and supply chains. Part five discusses national and regional WEEE management schemes and part six looks at corporate WEEE management strategies.

With an authoritative collection of chapters from an international team of authors, Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) handbook is designed to be used as a reference by policy-makers, producers and treatment operators in both the developed and developing world.

- Draws lessons for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) policy and practice from around the world
- Discusses legislation and initiatives to manage WEEE, including global e-waste initiatives, EU legislation relating to electronic waste, and eco-efficiency evaluation of WEEE take-back systems
- Sections cover technologies for refurbishment, treatment and recycling of waste, sustainable design of electronics and supply chains, national and regional waste management schemes, and corporate WEEE management strategies
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Part 1 Legislation and initiatives to manage WEEE: Global e-waste initiatives
EU legislation relating to electronic waste: The WEEE and RoHS directives and the REACH regulations
The present recast of the WEEE directive
The WEEE Forum and the WEEELABEX project
Conformity assessment of WEEE take-back schemes: The case of Switzerland
Eco-efficiency evaluation of WEEE take-back systems. Part 2 Technologies for refurbishment, treatment and recycling of waste electronics: The materials of WEEE
Refurbishment and re-use of WEEE
Shredding, sorting and recovery of metals from WEEE: Linking design to resource efficiency
Mechanical methods of recycling plastics from WEEE
Pyrolysis of WEEE plastics
Chemical or feedstock recycling of WEEE products. Part 3 Electronic products that present particular challenges for recyclers: Recycling printed circuit boards
Recycling liquid crystal displays
Recycling cooling and freezing appliances
End-of-life options for printed electronics
Recycling batteries. Part 4 Sustainable design of electronics and supply chains: ErP, the European directive on ecodesign
Sustainable electronic product design
Reducing hazardous substances in electronics
Examining subsidy impacts on recycled WEEE material flows. Part 5 National and regional WEEE management schemes: WEEE management in Europe: Learning from best practice
WEEE management in China
WEEE management in the USA and India: Research and education for a responsible approach to managing WEEE
WEEE management in Japan
WEEE management in Africa. Part 6 Corporate WEEE management strategies: Hewlett Packard's WEEE management strategy
Siemens' WEEE management strategy
The history of take-back and treatment of WEEE at the Philips Consumer Lifestyle division
Creating a corporate environmental strategy including WEEE take-back and treatment.
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Goodship, V
Dr Vannessa Goodship is a Principal Research Fellow in the International Automotive Research Centre, WMG, at The University of Warwick. She worked in the plastics industry for fourteen years prior to working at Warwick and has published widely in the field.
Stevels, A
A. Stevels is Emeritus Professor of Applied EcoDesign at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
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