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WEEE generation and management




Key words:

waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), WEEE generation, WEEE collection and management.


Waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world in terms of volume and its environmental impact on the planet. The existence of precious metals in the WEEE stream provides a major economic benefit for recycling industries but due to the presence of hazardous chemicals, a proper recycling technique is required prior to the disposal of the WEEE. This paper presents an overview of the statistics on global WEEE generation and management and the sales of new electrical equipment and electronics in general. The total amount of WEEE produced has reached approximately 50 million tonnes in 2018 and increasing at a rate of 3–5% every year. It is forecasted to increase to 52 million tonnes of WEEE in 2021.


Poznan University of Economics and Business Faculty of Commodity Science Department of Technology and Instrumental Analysis al. Niepodległości 10, 61-875 Poznań, Poland e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 




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