|About this Abstract
||2018 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||Deriving Value from Challenging Waste Streams: Recycling and Sustainability Joint Session
||Mechanisms for Advancing Recovery of Resources from Small Sized End-of-life (EoL) Equipment
||Fiseha Tesfaye, Joseph Hamuyuni, Daniel Lindberg, Guven Akdogan, Pekka Taskinen, Leena Hupa
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
The manufacturing of modern electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) consumes large amount of scarce valuable metals. The small sized equipment such as smart phones have very high content of these valuable metals. However, their collection rate at End-of-Life (EoL) for recycling is currently very low. To address the prevailing issues related to resource efficiency and security, advancing EoL EEE collection rate and recovery of resources from the generated waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is vital.
In this paper, the need for a revolutionary move to increase collection rate of the small sized EoL EEE for feasible recycling is emphasized from EU consumers’ point of view. In the recycling processes, advantages of applying pre-treatment processes such as pyrolysis to recovery energy, enrich metallic content and facilitate the subsequent metallurgical processes are discussed. Recommendations for improved recovery of resources from the small sized WEEE are made.