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Business to business end-of-life IT industrial networks

Business to business end-of-life IT industrial networks
Business to business end-of-life IT industrial networks
Business-to-business waste electrical and electronic equipment systems are not reported under current European
Union regulations. This paper examines the independent, unreported, industrial networks for the collection and
treatment of such waste in the UK, Austria, Germany, Romania and Spain. Methods used are semi-structured
interviews and surveys of relevant literature. The results show that treatment options are highly driven by the end
market for the resulting product. Reuse rarely occurs in Austria and Spain, but is common in the UK and prevalent in
Germany. The flow of equipment through different recovery/disposal routes cannot be estimated. It is concluded that a solution needs to be developed to avoid negative sustainability impacts, but which does not place such a burden on the industry that it makes the practice unattractive.
waste management & disposal, information technology, recycling & reuse of materials
1747-6526
178-192
Peagram, R.
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Peagram, R., Williams, I.D., Curran, A., Mueller, S., den Boer, E., Kopacek, B., Schadlbauer, S. and Musterle, J. (2014) Business to business end-of-life IT industrial networks. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Waste and Resource Management, 167 (WR4), 178-192. (doi:10.1680/warm.13.00023).

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Business-to-business waste electrical and electronic equipment systems are not reported under current European
Union regulations. This paper examines the independent, unreported, industrial networks for the collection and
treatment of such waste in the UK, Austria, Germany, Romania and Spain. Methods used are semi-structured
interviews and surveys of relevant literature. The results show that treatment options are highly driven by the end
market for the resulting product. Reuse rarely occurs in Austria and Spain, but is common in the UK and prevalent in
Germany. The flow of equipment through different recovery/disposal routes cannot be estimated. It is concluded that a solution needs to be developed to avoid negative sustainability impacts, but which does not place such a burden on the industry that it makes the practice unattractive.

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Published date: 1 November 2014
Keywords: waste management & disposal, information technology, recycling & reuse of materials
Organisations: Centre for Environmental Science

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Local EPrints ID: 372514
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/372514
ISSN: 1747-6526
PURE UUID: 66b5598a-f5ff-47e2-8f93-906576a397de
ORCID for I.D. Williams: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0121-1219

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Date deposited: 15 Dec 2014 16:55
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 00:56

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Author: R. Peagram
Author: I.D. Williams ORCID iD
Author: A. Curran
Author: S. Mueller
Author: E. den Boer
Author: B. Kopacek
Author: S. Schadlbauer
Author: J. Musterle

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