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This annex section of this book E-Cycling: Linking Trade and Environmental Law in the EC and the U.S. includes three sections. First section deals with the recycling technologies for electronics. The majority of recovered electronics and their components end up in shredders. Coarse shredders are used mainly for large household appliances and for non-ferrous materials, while medium shredders typically treat either goods smaller than 50 cm in dimension or plastic-metal compounds, both of which often have a medium content of non-ferrous metals. The mechanical processing of shredder goods results in metal concentrates and residues. The concentrates may then be processed further as the environmental, technical and economic considerations may justify. The second section presents the examples of design for the environment tools deploying a life-cycle analysis. Final section reviews a hypothetical illustration of marketable rights.

Keywords: coarse shredders; environment tools; life-cycle analysis; recycling technologies



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