From waste to resources: How to integrate recycling into the production cycle of plastics

Sriraam R. Chandrasekaran, Brajendra K. Sharma

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Due to the global increase in the use of plastics in making electrical equipment as well as consumer electronics, there is a rapid increase in waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE). WEEE is a combination of thermoplastics such as high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, polycarbonate, and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). The process of recycling has been greatly emphasized as it reduces production cost by reusing some of the used plastic and minimizes negative environmental effects substantially. Still, a large amount of waste plastics is disposed of improperly. Pretreatment is necessary before the recycling process as the presence of impurities affects the recycling and conversion processes. The pretreatment process includes size reduction and elimination of impurities that are not made of plastics (e.g., metal and rubber). The chapter discusses suitable routes for reuse or recycling of electronic waste plastic materials or recovery of energy from it, so as to divert it from landfills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlastics to Energy: Fuel, Chemicals, and Sustainability Implications
Subtitle of host publicationFuel, Chemicals, and Sustainability Implications
EditorsS. M. Al-Salem
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780128131404
ISBN (Print)9780128131411
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Publication series

NamePlastics Design Library
PublisherWilliam Andrew Publishing


  • Electronic Waste
  • NMP
  • Pyrolysis
  • Recycling
  • Solvent Dissolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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