Recycling Information Sharing System (RISS): Towards safe and efficient recycling of electronic products through improved products information management

Event: 5th Internatonal Conference on Industrial Ecology "Transition Towards Sustainability", 21-24 June 2009, Lisbon, Portugal

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) contains both hazardous chemicals and valuable metals, and its combination is a challenge for the recycling process due to the potential risks to human health and the environment and value of resources. Safe and efficient resource recovery requires, in turn, that improved information on embedded substances and proper treatment is available to recycling companies and waste treatment facilities, tailored to the specific needs and circumstances of each actor.

The project aims at making policy recommendations on how a system for improved information exchange can be designed and implemented.