European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production
Topic Centre of European Environment Agency
Wednesday, 21 May 2003
Large potential for increased recyling of WEEE
The report gives a first insight into the complex nature of WEEE generation and
management by giving indications of many important issues to be analysed and
assessed, in order to achieve an acceptable level of WEEE management in the next
years, when the legislative and regulatory level of the forthcoming WEEE directive
will form the context and framework to be followed by decision-makers and waste
management authorities. The key conclusions of this project are summarised below:
- Data needed to carry out the calculations is rather poor.
- A large recycling potential exists, which, if thoroughly explored, can significantly
contribute to a reduction in the amounts of dangerous substances emitted as well
as the recovery of considerable quantities of valuable materials.
- The emission fraction shows that the lead
emissions from recycling of PCs and TVs are the highest in comparison with the other appliances.
- To reduce the amount of WEEE and the emissions from the treatment of such
waste, focus may be waste management oriented, product oriented and consumer-oriented.
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