2020 | vol. 68 | nr. 3 | art. 12

Evolution of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment in the EU

Cătălin PETCU, Ana-Maria IFRIM, Cătălin Ionuț SILVESTRU, Ramona Camelia SILVESTRU
Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) represents the fastest growing type of waste in Europe. The increasing levels of electronic waste, its inappropriate elimination and insecure treatment are posing significant risks to the environment and to human health. Over the last decades, the ever higher amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment has become a major problem worldwide. The European Union elaborated Directive 2012/19/EU in order to have a unitary approach regarding the environmental problems related to the correct management of this particular type of dangerous waste. To this effect, specific objectives were set for reusing, recycling and recuperating the waste electrical and electronic equipment, which the Member States should include in their national policies. Recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment is an important issue, not only in terms of waste treatment, but also for the recuperation of valuable materials. Characterising the waste flow is highly important for developing a profitable and ecological recycling system within the framework of the circular economy. The present paper aims at analysing how putting on and withdrawing from the market electrical and electronic equipment has evolved in the context of the circular economy within the European Union. To this purpose, we have used the information on Eurostat for the 2014-2017 period.
Keywords: waste management, electrical and electronic equipment, environmental management, circular economy, recycling
To cite this article: Petcu C., Ifrim A.-M., Silvestru C.I., Silvestru (Bere) R.C., “Evolution of waste electrical and electronic equipment in the EU”, in Electrotehnica, Electronica, Automatica (EEA), 2020, vol. 68, no. 3, pp. 94-100, ISSN 1582-5175.