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Viable plastics recycling from end-of-life electronics

TitleViable plastics recycling from end-of-life electronics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsQu, XL, Williams, JAS, Grant, ER
JournalIeee Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing
Volume29
Pagination25-31
Date PublishedJan
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1521-334X
KeywordsDECISION-MAKING, DESIGN, disassembly, end-of-life (EOL) electronics, HIGH-IMPACT POLYSTYRENE, IDENTIFICATION, METHODOLOGY, MODEL, OPTIMIZATION, plastics, PRODUCT, RECOVERY, recycling, SELECTIVE FLOTATION SEPARATION, SEPARATION
Abstract

Millions of end-of-life (EOL) electronic products represent more than one million tons of engineering thermoplastics. The economically and environmentally sound recovery of engineering thermoplastics from EOL electronics is a challenge to the sustainability of electronics manufacturing. In this paper, we review the technologies to separate and identify pure post-consumer plastics from EOL electronics, which are followed by the comparison of electronic plastics recycling processes and the network models for plastics recycling processes. We also review successful plastics recycling practices for electronics. In addition, further research directions for recycling plastics from EOL electronics are discussed.

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