Workshop / January 21, 2020
How to Optimize Plastics Recycling to Obtain High Quality Polymers for Circular Electronics?
While there are established solutions for recovering the metal fractions from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), recycling of mixed plastics into clean, recyclable high-quality polymers remains a major challenge. The goal of this workshop is to elaborate together with pre-processors, recyclers and manufacturers how to improve recycling steps to produce high-quality polymers which can be reused in electronic applications. Insights from the European project PolyCE (www.polyce-project.eu/) will be presented considering different steps along the value chain such as optimized clustering, recommendations on pre-processing, examples how to use recycled plastics in new electronic applications and considerations on design for recycling. Different actors along the value chain like pre-processors, plastic recyclers or moulders can contribute to the discussion for producing high-quality polymers to be used in electronic applications.