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Reusability and the potential environmental impact of small electronics - Literature review and discussion
IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet.
2021 (engelsk)Rapport (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

Unused electronics kept in stocks represent a delayed or lost opportunity for reuse or remanufacturing. The reuse potential depends on the remaining physical durability and perceived or factual technological obsolescence. The greatest potential for reuse is when the products are still within their designed lifetimes, thus products should be sent to second life as soon as they are no longer in use.

An extension of lifetimes of small electronics through domestic reuse could bring clear environmental (especially climate) benefits in comparison to recycling, incineration, or stockpiling. 

About 8,000 t of small electronics annually enter incineration together with mixed household waste. Environmental and economic benefits could be attained if a more effective waste management system would divert WEEE flows towards material recycling and especially - reuse. The magnitude and nature of the benefits depend on the quantity of collected electronics, composition, and the effectiveness and the efficiency of sorting and recycling. 

Drawing definite conclusions about the impacts of increased collection and current recycling vs keeping WEEE in stocks is difficult as it depends on future households’ behaviour, the efficiency of e-waste management as well strategies governing re-valorisation of WEEE.

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Stockholm: IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet AB , 2021.
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C-rapport ; C588-P
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electronics, EEE, WEEE, e-waste, reuse, recycling, incineration, obsolescence
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ivl:diva-3789ISBN: 978-91-7883-272-9 (digital)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ivl-3789DiVA, id: diva2:1574042
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This study is part of a short assignment as a part of investigation of a possible deposit-return system for small electronics in Sweden. The study aims to explore the potential of reuse of small electronics kept in stocks by households; the environmental impacts/benefits of increased recycling and reuse. The research is mainly based on the literature review which was complemented with some estimates of e-waste shares in mixed household waste and the potential economic value of metals present in electronics. 

Tilgjengelig fra: 2021-06-28 Laget: 2021-06-28 Sist oppdatert: 2021-06-28

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