WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) or WEEE (Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment) are waste equipment, electronic products at the end of life or in any case no longer used by consumers. This category includes PCs, displays, telephones, integrated circuits, etc.The production of WEEE is associated with technological innovation and the growth of demand in the electronic sector. The decrease in the life time of the equipment, combined with inadequate awareness on the part of consumers, play a fundamental role in increasing the production of WEEE. The problem is particularly acute in developing countries, as the amount of WEEE produced is positively correlated with economic development. Expect rapid growth in WEEE production in these countries over the coming decades.
In light of this, new solutions are needed to manage this quantity of waste which can lead to various environmental hazards due to their incorrect disposal. In addition, the construction of electrical and electronic equipment consumes significant amounts of precious metals that are extracted in countries of Africa, Asia and South America from people who often work under exploitative conditions.