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GERBASE, Annelise Engel  and  OLIVEIRA, Camila Reis de. Recycling of e-waste: an oportunity for chemistry. Quím. Nova [online]. 2012, vol.35, n.7, pp.1486-1492. ISSN 0100-4042.

Recycling and sustainable development are increasing in importance around the world. In Brazil, the new National Policy on Solid Wastes has prompted discussion on the future of electronic waste (e-waste). Brazil generates the greatest amount of e-waste among Latin American countries. Nevertheless complete recycling, including end processing of e-waste, does not occur in Brazil. This paper discusses the physical and chemical technologies currently used worldwide and in Brazil for printed circuit board recycling, with emphasis on metal recovery and plastic processing. The goal is to put in evidence the important role that chemistry can play in developing cheaper processes to recycle e-waste.

Keywords : e-waste; recycling; printed circuit board.

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