Journal of Polymers and the Environment

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 195–199 | Cite as

Characterization and recycling of polymeric components present in cell phones

  • Marcos R. Monteiro
  • Daniela G. G. Moreira
  • Marcelo A. Chinelatto
  • Pedro A. P. NascenteEmail author
  • Nelson G. Alcântara
Original Paper


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.


Cell phone Mobile phone Recycling Polymeric blends 



Grants and scholarships from the Brazilian agencies FAPESP and CNPq are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcos R. Monteiro
    • 1
  • Daniela G. G. Moreira
    • 1
  • Marcelo A. Chinelatto
    • 1
  • Pedro A. P. Nascente
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nelson G. Alcântara
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais, Centro de Caracterização e Desenvolvimento de MateriaisUniversidade Federal de São CarlosSão CarlosBrazil

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