The production of electrical
and electronic equipment (EEE) is one of the fastest growing domains of manufacturing
industry in the western word. Both technological innovation and market expansion continue
to accelerate the replacement process. New applications of electrical and electronic
equipment are increasing significantly. There is hardly any part of life where electrical
and electronic equipment are not used. This development leads to an important increase in waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
Each year in
the European Community a volume of 6 Mt of EEE with an increasing rate of 3-5% per year
are present at waste. Using present facilities enormous environmental impact of PCDDs - Dioxin, PCDFs - Furans, PBBs-Brominated Flame retardants and heavy metals is given.
A group of 12 partners from 7 European Countries are working
together in developing a prototype for zero waste conversion of EEE.