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Material Flow Analysis of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in Ukraine
Lilia Hlavatska 1  
,   Vitalii Ishchenko 1  
,   Volodymyr Pohrebennyk 2  
,   Ivan Salamon 3  
 
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Department of Ecology and Environmental Safety, Vinnytsia National Technical University, Khmelnytske shose 95, Vinnytsia, 21021, Ukraine
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Department of Ecological Safety and Nature Protection Activity, Viacheslav Chornovil Institute of Sustainable Development, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv, 12 Bandera St, 79013, Ukraine
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Department of Ecology, Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences, University of Presov, 17, Novembra 1 St., Prešov, 081 16, Slovakia
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Volodymyr Pohrebennyk   

Department of Ecological Safety and Nature Protection Activity, Viacheslav Chornovil Institute of Sustainable Development, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv, 12 Bandera St, 79013, Ukraine
Publication date: 2021-10-01
 
J. Ecol. Eng. 2021; 22(9):198–207
 
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The composition of widespread electronic devices (mobile phone, computer mouse, keyboard, web-camera, monitor) was studied by manual dismantling. The material flow analysis was done for e-waste components. For the case study of Ukraine, five devices under investigation contain over 4 thousand tons / year resources. Most of them (first of all, plastic and metal) can be easily recovered. The content of chemical elements in the components of the electronic devices was determined by X-ray fluorescence analysis. Taking into account the mass of electronic waste generated in Ukraine, the resource potential of metals is estimated. Most of metals are concentrated in mobile phones and monitors (about 2000 tons/year). Apart from common metals, silver, molybdenum, vanadium, rubidium, zirconium, antimony, yttrium, rhodium, bismuth, and gallium were also found.