Characterization and recycling of polymeric components present in cell phones
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The cell phone market is developing at a rapid speed. Today there are more than 1.6 billion consumers in the world, and the lifetime of a cell phone is less than 2 years. As a consequence, there is an increase in the waste associated to this product, and many alternatives to the disposal of the cell phones are being studied, such as recycling which shows to be the most important. It is crucial to know what materials constitute the cell phone in order to carry out recycling and determine environmental and economical issues. This work presents an evaluation of the cell phone components, characterizing the raw materials and some properties of the recycled materials.
KeywordsCell phone Mobile phone Recycling Polymeric blends
Grants and scholarships from the Brazilian agencies FAPESP and CNPq are gratefully acknowledged.
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