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Waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) – scraps or valuable source of precious metals

Key words:
waste electronic and electrical equipment
(WEEE), e-waste, recycling, precious metals,
recovery of metals

At the world there is the relentless demand for precious metals including palladium,
rhodium, ruthenium, iridium, gold, silver and platinum. Noble metals are widely used as
catalysts organic reaction, in electronic and electrical industry, they are also used in the
manufacture of high-alloy steels and vehicle catalytic converter systems. Due to the
limitations from the size of deposits of platinum group metals it is necessary to recycle
products containing these metals. One of the source for recovery of noble metals can be
electronic waste („E-Waste”), also called „Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment”
(WEEE). Recycling of WEE is perfectly legitimate, not only because of the impact that
the waste may have on the environment in case of an uncontrolled deal with them, but also
motivated by profitability, due to the possibility of recovery of valuable components,
including precious metals.

dr inż. Anna CIESZYŃSKA
Poznan University of Economics and Business
Faculty of Commodity Science
Department of Technology and Instrumental Analysis
Aleja Niepodległości 10, 61-875 Poznań, Poland
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