The complexity of value: Considerations for WEEE, experience from lighting products, and implications for policy

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Abstract

This paper presents a general overview of WEEE and value considerations (both real and potential) as well as the specific results of a research project analysing the performance of EPR systems for lighting products, with particular focus on closing material loops. The research is based on a literature review, case studies, and interviews with key stakeholders. The case of recovery of rare earths elements (REE) from fluorescent lamps is an illustrative example of how EPR systems can create opportunities to recover valuable materials from WEEE. The rapid development of light emitting diode (LED) technology also raises questions of how to anticipate and manage value under uncertainties. The paper reflects on these findings within the general context of valuable waste and the specific implications for EPR policy in a transition to a circular economy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 Electronics Goes Green 2016+, EGG 2016
PublisherIEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509052080
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 23
Event2016 Electronics Goes Green 2016+, EGG 2016 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 2016 Sep 62016 Sep 9

Conference

Conference2016 Electronics Goes Green 2016+, EGG 2016
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityBerlin
Period2016/09/062016/09/09

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
  • Environmental Management

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