Valuable Metals and Energy Recovery from Electronic Waste Streams

Fiseha Tesfaye, Daniel Lindberg, Joseph Hamuyuni

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E-waste management through traditional methods such as disposing in landfills, burning in incinerators or exporting abroad for disposal are no longer options due to the strict environmental regulations. Fortunately, the presence of valuable metals in the e-waste and increasing demand for the metals as well as complexities of the currently available primary raw materials make recycling an attractive and viable option both environmentally and economically. Moreover, it is efficient in terms of resource management by closing the loop of metals. Consequently, urban mining such as the recovery of precious metals from e-waste streams through sustainable recycling processes have emerged. The sustainable recycling practices address the scarcity of primary resources and reduce consumption of energy for metals production while managing environmental issues related to hazardous materials from the e-waste streams. In this paper, valuable metals recoveries from e-waste streams through pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processes are critically reviewed. And, innovative ideas for different steps of the thermochemical processes in the valuable metals and energy recovery from the e-waste streams are discussed.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationEnergy Technology 2017; Carbon Dioxide Management and Other Technologies
EditorsLei Zhang, Jaroslaw W. Drelich, Neale R. Neelameggham, Donna Post Guillen, Nawshad Haque, Jingxi Zhu, Ziqi Sun, Tao Wang, John A Howarter, Fiseha Tesfaye, Shadia Ikhmayies, Elsa Olivetti, Mark William Kennedy
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-52192-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-52191-6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • Environmetal protection
  • Metals
  • e-waste
  • energy recovery
  • solid waste

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