Electric and electronic waste

Electric and electronic waste

Waste electrical and electronic equipment, also known as WEEE, is one of the most rapidly growing waste stream globally. Its heterogeneous and complex composition includes both valuable materials and hazardous substances, making the identification of sustainable management strategies particularly challenging.

This session aims at discussing the state of the art in WEEE handling as well as at presenting the most recent trends for the recovery of valuable materials from electric and electronic waste. The session outline will thus include topics related, but not limited, to:

  • characterization of WEEE streams and their composition;
  • analysis of WEEE global flows;
  • collection strategies and pre-treatment technologies;
  • processes and technologies for the recovery of valuable materials;
  • mass flow analysis and definition of the recovery potential of WEEE valuable components;
  • informal WEEE treatment and disposal practices;
  • hazard and toxicity aspects associated to WEEE components as well as to the products from the treatment of electric and electronic waste;
  • risk assessment procedures and applications.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kerstin Kuchta, Technical University of Hamburg, Germany (kuchta@tuhh.de)

Dr Alessandra Cesaro, University of Salerno, Italy (acesaro@unisa.it)