Where scrap becomes statistics

Most statistics on WEEE in Sweden are likely to have been generated by our own analytical division. Around 2 per cent of the assorted electronics collected finds its way here to be turned into statistics and provide us with information. This information is used to make sure our pre-treaters receive the correct compensation for their work, but also to map out how our waste changes over time. Among other things, we keep a running tab on kinds of materials, average age and weight per product.

At our analytical division we also carry out in-depth studies of individual products or projects. In 2015, we did a survey of how large a proportion of the collected WEEE was still in working order and could have been reused.

Trends and lessons learnt

Were things better in the old days? Yes, at least for those who wanted to make money on the materials collected from WEEE.

Today, metals are being replaced by plastics. This results in lighter products made of more composite materials. Alloys and laminates are proof of how things have developed, but they also provide an increased challenge from a recycling perspective. Being able to separate the components and restore them to their original state is often a technical challenge requiring a lot of energy. How to tackle this is a major question for the industry as a whole, and one we need to debate and look into to be able to create an efficient materials recovery process for today’s products before they become tomorrow’s waste.

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Assorted electrical goods development
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