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Sustainability 2016, 8(7), 633; doi:10.3390/su8070633

Challenges in Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Management: A Profitability Assessment in Three European Countries

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Department of Industrial and Information Engineering and Economics, University of L’Aquila, Via G. Gronchi 18, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
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Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano, Italy
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Received: 16 April 2016 / Revised: 16 June 2016 / Accepted: 29 June 2016 / Published: 5 July 2016
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Abstract

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is known as an important source of secondary raw materials. Since decades, its treatment allowed to recover great amounts of basic resources. However, the management of electronic components embedded in WEEE still presents many challenges. The purpose of the paper is to cope with some of these challenges through the definition of an economic model able to identify the presence of profitability within the recovery process of waste printed circuit boards (WPCBs). To this aim, a set of common economic indexes is used within the paper. Furthermore, a sensitivity analysis on a set of critical variables is conducted to evaluate their impact on the results. Finally, the combination of predicted WEEE volumes (collected during the 2015–2030 period) in three European countries (Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom) and related economic indexes quantify the potential advantage coming from the recovery of this kind of waste in the next future. View Full-Text
Keywords: waste electrical and electronic equipment; waste printed circuit boards; end of life management; profitability assessment; sensitivity analysis waste electrical and electronic equipment; waste printed circuit boards; end of life management; profitability assessment; sensitivity analysis
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D’Adamo, I.; Rosa, P.; Terzi, S. Challenges in Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Management: A Profitability Assessment in Three European Countries. Sustainability 2016, 8, 633.

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