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Handbook of Recycling by Markus Reuter, Ernst Worrell

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Chapter 25

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Management

Mathias Schluep     World Resources Forum Association (WRFA), St.Gallen, Switzerland

Abstract

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE, or e-waste) is defined by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as “any appliance using an electric power supply that has reached its end of life”. The main services a comprehensive e-waste management system has to deliver in order to ensure sustainability are (1) collection of e-waste; (2) recovery of valuables, such as secondary raw materials; and (3) segregation and safe disposal of hazardous waste. This chapter presents approaches to manage WEEE in different parts of the world. In contrast to traditional waste management ...

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