General Kinnematics
November 2021
Volume 73    Issue 11

Characterization and evaluation of recycling potential for discarded laptops

Mir, Shaila; Dhawan, Nikhil

ABSTRACT:

Consumer preference for ever-higher laptop performance coupled with laptops’ declining lifespans make them a significant contributor to electronic waste. An in-depth evaluation of elemental composition and distribution is important for determining metal recovery potential and sustainable recovery processes. In this work, the characterization of individual components of laptops is studied for the systematic identification of important elements and for streamlined and structured recycling, to reduce processing steps and improve economics. A process flowsheet highlighting various recycling routes by targeting metals and various components is also proposed.

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