Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Handbook

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Handbook

2nd Edition - July 13, 2019

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  • Editors: Vannessa Goodship, Ab Stevels, Jaco Huisman
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081021583
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081021590

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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Handbook, Second Edition, is a one-stop reference on current electronic waste legislation initiatives, their impact, and the latest technological considerations for reducing electronic waste (e-waste) and increasing the efficiency of materials recovery. It also provides a wide-range of global and corporate examples and perspectives on the challenges that face specific regions and companies, along with the solutions they are implementing in managing e-waste, offering further insights on how discarded products can be treated. Sections introduce the reader to legislation and initiatives to manage WEEE and discuss technologies for the refurbishment, treatment and recycling of waste electronics. Further sections focus on electronic products that present particular challenges for recyclers, explore sustainable design of electronics and supply chains, discuss national and regional WEEE management schemes, and more.

Key Features

  • Addresses the latest challenges and opportunities for electronic waste (e-waste) management, including e-waste collection models, circular economy implications, rare earth metal recovery, and much more
  • Draws lessons for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) policy and practice from around the world
  • Discusses legislation and initiatives to manage WEEE, including global e-waste initiatives, EU legislation relating to electronic waste, and eco-efficiency evaluation of WEEE take-back systems


Designers, producers and distributors of electronic products; Companies involved in waste management and recycling of WEEE metals, glass and plastics; Material scientists and engineers; Environmental engineers; Waste consultants; Government agencies; Policy makers

Table of Contents

  • 1. E-waste seen from a global perspective
    2. The e-waste development cycle e part I, introduction and country status
    3. The e-waste development cycle, part IIdimpact assessment of collection and treatment
    4. The e-waste development cycle, part IIIdpolicy & legislation,business & finance, and technologies & skills
    5. Implementation road map and conditions for success
    6. The WEEE forum and the WEEE label of excellence project
    7. Reduction of hazardous materials in electrical and electronic equipment
    8. The materials of waste electrical and electronic equipment
    9. Refurbishment and reuse of waste electrical and electronic equipment
    10. Mechanical methods of recycling plastics from WEEE
    11. Recycling printed circuit boards
    12. Recycling liquid crystal displays
    13. Recycling cooling and freezing appliances
    14. Recycling batteries
    15. Rare earth metal recovery from typical e-waste
    16. ErP e the European directive on ecodesign
    17. Sustainable electronic product design
    18. Waste electrical and electronic equipment management in Europe:learning from best practices in Switzerland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark
    19. WEEE management in China
    20. E-waste management in India
    21. WEEE management in Japan
    22. HP’s WEEE management strategy
    23. Siemens’ WEEE management strategy
    24. The history of the take-back and treatment of consumer waste electrical and electronic equipment at Philips
    25. Creating a corporate environmental strategy including waste electrical and electronic equipment take-back and treatment

Product details

  • No. of pages: 728
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2019
  • Published: July 13, 2019
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081021583
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081021590

About the Editors

Vannessa Goodship

Principal Research Fellow at the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), a department at the University of Warwick providing research, education and knowledge transfer in engineering, manufacturing and technology. Her areas of specialism are plastics materials, their processing and recycling, and she has undertaken many research projects in these areas - most recently looking at multifunctional materials. She - like WMG - works at the interface of academia and industry. She has edited two books under the Woodhead imprint: Management, Recycling and Reuse of Waste Composites (2009) Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Handbook (2012).

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Warwick, UK

Ab Stevels

Ab Stevels has done trailblazing work in making Applied EcoDesign into day-to-day business really happen and has researched in detail the setting up of take-back and recycling systems for electronics For these purposes tools and management procedures have been developed which have proven their strength through their practical success.

Ab is the author of some 200 journal articles and conference contributions. Training courses on applied EcoDesign have been held at various universities (Delft, Stanford, TU Berlin,TU Vienna, TU Ostrava, the University of Arts and Design in Farnham (UK) , Mexico City, Hong Kong Poly, NTNU( Trondheim, Norway), Tsinghua University (Beijing) , and at various Philips departments and divisions around the globe and at other companies.

In 2013 he developed a 'MBA and Sustainability' course in cooperation with the University of Sao Paulo.

For his work in Applied EcoDesign he got an honorary degree from the University of Arts and Design. For his contributions in the field of recycling of electronics he got the "Cowbell Award"from the International Electronics Recycling Conference Organization. In 2014 the World Green Design Organization awarded him a "Green Design Contribution Award'.

Affiliations and Expertise

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Jaco Huisman

Dr. Huisman holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology and a Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology. He was a Scientific Advisor to the UNU – SCYCLE and steering the group’s research activities related to electronics recycling. He is involved in various international projects providing facts and figures for improving e-waste management. In the past, Dr. Huisman has been the lead author of the UNU study supporting the European Commission’s 2008 Review of the EU WEEE Directive as well as multiple advanced e-waste country studies for various European countries. From 2013 to 2015 he was the scientific coordinator of the EU CWIT-project: “Countering WEEE Illegal Trade” and the H2020 project ProSUM: Prospecting Secondary raw materials in the Urban Mine. Currently with the European Commission DG Joint Research Center in the Sustainable Resources Directorate.

Affiliations and Expertise

European Commission – Joint Research Center (JRC)

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