RecycleNet proposes standardized classifications
for electronic waste
Salt Lake City, UT— Electronics
recycling has been one of the fastest growing areas of the recycling
industry. Traditional computer recycling has evolved to encompass
waste electronics and electrical equipment (WEEE); this includes
anything with a battery or an electrical cord.
In response to the changing needs
in the industry, RecycleNet has established a series of grades
and specifications to aid in the collection, sorting and trading
of WEEE scrap.
WEEE scrap has been segmented
into four groups designated by the letters M, F, B and C. The
M group includes all items with a cathode ray tube (CRT). The
F group includes all items with a flat screen display (LCD - liquid
crystal display or plasma technology). The B group includes all
items that contain a battery (excluding those items with monitors
or flat screens). Lastly, group C includes those items with an
electrical cord with no monitor, flat-screen or battery.
Each of the four groups is then
subdivided into classifications by weight. These classifications
are separated by items that weigh less than 10 lbs., items that
weigh 10 to 50 lbs., and those items over 50 lbs.
In addition, grades and specifications
have been established for Poly E- Scrap to facilitate the recycling
of mixed plastics from electronics.
The grades and specifications
are available on-line at www.weeescrap.com.
RecycleNet operates a secondary
commodity exchange (www.recycle.net)
which is a marketplace for the entire spectrum of scrap materials,
including electronic scrap.