E-Waste and E-Waste Recycling

  • Muammer Kaya
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)


This chapter introduces the definition, classification, and fundamentals of e-waste, which is the fastest growing waste stream in the world and grows three times faster than the municipal waste. Significance and characteristics of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and e-waste, which contain both valuable inorganic/organic materials and hazardous substances, are clarified. Harmful effects of toxic material and possible adverse health effects are covered. History and cornerstones of e-waste problem and recycling are reviewed. Representative sample preparation, sampling, and analysis for e-waste are described. Lifecycle of electronics and e-waste management hierarchy are given. Life cycle assessment and life cycle management principles, steps, and tools are defined. Objectives of waste printed circuit board (WPCB) and e-waste recycling opportunities are presented. General driving forces, concerns, and challenges for e-waste processing are expressed. E-waste recycling protects environment, saves energy, and conserves resources.


E-waste WEEE EEE WPCBs Recycle Reduce Reuse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muammer Kaya
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  1. 1.Mining Engineering DepartmentEskisehir Osmangazi UniversityEskisehirTurkey

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