Recycling of WEEE plastics: a review

  title={Recycling of WEEE plastics: a review},
  author={Alfons G. Buekens and Jie Yang},
  journal={Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management},
  • A. Buekens, Jie Yang
  • Published 25 March 2014
  • Business
  • Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management
Electric and electronic equipment (EEE) is swiftly growing in volume, level of sophistication, and diversity. Also, it evolves briskly, moved by innovation and technical change, and draws on numerous and at times rare resources. Waste EEE (WEEE) has evolved into an important societal problem. Recycling and treating WEEE implies occupational as well as environmental hazards that are still incompletely documented. Still, second hand EEE has been exported and treated in Africa, China, and India in… 
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