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Recovering Plastics from Electronics Waste

  • Brian RiiseEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)

Abstract

We currently landfill or export approximately 1 million metric tons per year of the plastics that exist in electronic waste (e-waste) streams in the USA. Recycling these “e-plastics” domestically could help satisfy domestic demand for recycled plastics, while saving the energy equivalent of 13 million barrels of oil (by replacing virgin plastics with recycled plastics). Domestic recycling of e-plastics should also stabilize the economics for e-waste recycling, while eliminating some of the environmental risks associated with exporting e-plastics. In this presentation, we provide an overview of technologies that are already available to process e-plastics into valuable products. We also discuss remaining technical barriers and future developments that could allow us to achieve better quality and higher yields of e-plastics.

Keywords

Plastics Recycling Electronics E-waste E-plastics WEEE 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under the Advanced Manufacturing Office Award Number DE-EE0007897.

Disclaimer This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.REMADE InstituteWest HenriettaUSA

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