Submitted by: Pablo Morales, 01/06/2018
An adequate waste collection and management has environmental and socio-economic benefits, since it is not only a mechanism to avoid damaging the environment, but also creates business opportunities, it saves and improves the use of resources and it contributes to a better social and green society.
Among the various type of waste, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) represent a key source of raw materials, which can be recovered if properly managed. WEEE is a complex mixture of materials and components that — because of their hazardous content, and if not properly managed — can cause major environmental and health problems. Moreover, the production of modern electronics requires the use of scarce and expensive resources. To improve the environmental management of WEEE and to contribute to a circular economy and enhance resource efficiency, the improvement of collection, treatment and recycling of electronics at the end of their life is essential.